Feb. 27 ,1998
TEMPE, Ariz.-- The No. 10 ASU gymnastics team (194.975), despite its best bars score of the season (49.025) and the heroics of sophomore Elizabeth Reid who came up with a "Perfect 10" in the floor exercise, was upended up by the No. 3 and three-time national champion Alabama Crimson Tide (195.775) before a crowd of 8,545 at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Also competing in the meet were No. 23 N.C. State (193.425) and No. 24 UMass (191.8) who finished third and fourth respectively.
Reid became the third Sun Devil and the second in two years (Meagan Wright, 1997) to get a 10.00 on the floor exercise. However, the rest of the team did not follow suit as the Devils registered their third-lowest score of the year in the event (48.65).
Along with the floor exercise, the vault also proved to be the Sun Devils' nemesis on the evening as the team recorded its lowest score of the season (48.5). The team went shorthanded in the event as it only competed five individuals.
In the uneven bars competition every competitor hit their routine on their way to a season-high 49.025. Sophomore Amy Shelton finished in a three-way tie for first, scoring a 9.9. Also turning in key scores for the Devils were senior Kim Keever and freshman Becky Acker with scores of 9.75 and 9.725 respectively. The former tied a season high while the latter score established a career high.
The Devils improved on their beam routine from the previous week in which five competitors fell. The team scored a 48.775, their second-highest score of the season. Individually, ASU took first- and second-place in the beam. Junior Lisa Vincijanovic, an all-American on beam last year, took the top spot with a 9.875. Right behind her was senior teammate Carie Courtney, also an all-American on beam last year, scoring a season-best 9.85.
For the Devils (16-2) it was their first loss since the second week of the season when defending national champion UCLA got the better of ASU in Los Angeles (Jan. 18).
The Devils return to action next week (Mar. 6) when they host a quad-meet featuring No. 7 West Virginia, No. 25 Central Michigan and Ball State. The meet starts at 7:30 p.m. in the University Activity Center.