Jan. 22, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY -
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No. 3 Utah (2-0) makes its first road trip of the season - competing against No. 20 Arizona State (1-3) in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday, Jan. 25. The meet will be held in the Wells Fargo Arena starting at 7:30 p.m. MT. Live scores and commentary will be available at UtahUtes.com.
Arizona State is 171-35-1 all-time at home and nearly a third of those losses (10) have been to the Utes ... Utah and ASU have one common opponent so far this season. Utah beat Nebraska last Friday (196.425-194.575), while Arizona lost to the Huskers in Lincoln (195.550-193.075) on Jan. 13.
Utah has one Arizona native on its current roster: Sophomore Stephanie Neff
(Mesa/Apache Trail HS/Carter's Gymnastics) is in the Ute floor lineup. Neff has scored a career-high 9.825 on the floor in each of the first two meets ... Ashley Postell
produced identical scores on three events in the first two meets, scoring a 9.85 on vault, 9.875 on bars and 9.90 on beam ... Kristina Baskett
(injured ribs) is questionable for this week. Baskett went all-around in the first meet, scoring a 39.10, but was limited to vault and bars against Nebraska on Jan. 18.
Utah improved its season average to a 196.362 but is tied for third in the national rankings for the second straight week with Alabama. Florida (196.975 average) is ranked No. 1, followed by Georgia (196.642). For the complete rankings, please see page 3. Ashley Postell
is fifth in the nation this week in the all-around (39.425). She is No. 2 on the beam (9.90) and tied for No. 7 on the bars (9.875). Kristina Baskett
is tied for 10th on bars (9.862).
The Utes captured a come-from-behind thriller the last time they went to Tempe - edging ASU 196.175-196.100 on Feb. 3, 2006. While Utah owns a 57-16-1 all-time series lead against ASU, the gap narrows considerably in the Sun Devils' home arena, where Utah holds just a 10-8-1 edge. Utah has won the last five in this series, which began in 1976.