March 6, 2011
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Stanford (17-1) scored 196.500 points to beat No. 18 Denver (194.625) and rival Cal (194.175). But the Cardinal suffered its first loss of the season, to No. 7 Oregon State (197.000), leaving Oklahoma (14-0) as the lone remaining undefeated team in the country.
Morgan entered the meet tied with Florida’s Ashanee Dickerson for the nation’s No. 1 ranking. But that was before Morgan scored her all-time best – and the highest score for a Stanford gymnast in any event this year – on her way to the Cardinal’s only individual victory in the meet.
The score placed Pechanec in a tie for second with Alyssa Brown, who earned two 9.90’s in the meet, including her runner-up score on the uneven bars, just ahead of Stanford senior captain Danielle Ikoma, who scored a career-high 9.875.
Morgan also tied her season best in the all-around with a score of 39.325 to place second to Oregon State’s Makayla Stambaugh (39.525). Pechanec, making her all-around debut, scored 38.850, behind Ikoma, who matched her career-best of 39.275, and Alexander at 39.125.
Stanford earned its 23rd consecutive victory over Cal and is 32-1 in the rivalry since 1996. Stanford, which had beaten Oregon State is two previous meetings this year, gets another shot at the Beavers and the rest of the Pac-10 at the conference championships March 19 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.