Jan. 10, 2004
Los Angeles, Calif. - Exactly one year ago, UCLA blew into Utah and snapped the longest home court winning streak in NCAA history for any sport (23 years, 170 meets), winning 197.225-196.75 in a dual meet. Fourth-ranked Utah returned the favor tonight in Pauley Pavilion, upsetting the top-ranked Bruins, 197.35-196.375, in front of 2,525 fans.
The Bruins dug themselves a big hole after the first rotation on vault with two sub-9.0 scores from their first two vaulters. However, career-high scores of 9.85 from Kristen Maloney in her first competition in two years, 9.975 from Kate Richardson and the first 10.0 of the season from Jeanette Antolin salvaged a 48.4 for UCLA. Meanwhile, Utah utilized four scores of 9.8 or higher to total 49.125 on the uneven bars.
Utah pulled away on vault in rotation two, scoring a school record 49.625. The Utes stuck nearly every vault, with freshman Rachel Tidd scoring a 9.975 and junior Annabeth Eberle recording her first career 10.0 on vault. The Bruins on bars scored a 49.1, led by freshman Lori Winn's 9.85, Richardson's career-high tying 9.925 and Antolin's career-high tying 9.95.
UCLA gained some ground on beam by scoring a 49.525. Sophomore Holly Murdock led off with a 9.75, Winn followed with a 9.9. Maloney showed no signs of rust, scoring a 9.875 to cap off a tremendous comeback from a serious leg injury. Antolin added a 9.925, and Richardson scored her third career perfect 10 on beam. Yvonne Tousek closed the set with a 9.825.
The Bruins dazzled the crowd on floor exercise to end the meet, with Winn concluding a sensational freshman debut with a 9.9. Late substitute Aimee Walker, who is hearing impaired, inspired everyone in the crowd with solid routine worth a 9.65. Tousek and Richardson followed with scores of 9.875 and 9.95, respectively, and Antolin was nearly flawless, scoring a career-high tying 9.975.
Antolin and Richardson tied for first in the all-around with career-high scores of 39.85, the third-highest all-around marks in school history. Eberle placed third with a 39.5, and Winn was fourth with a 39.375. Antolin placed first on vault (tied with Eberle), bars and floor, and Richardson took home top honors on beam.
"You always want to win at home, but I was very proud of our team tonight," said UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field. "It was sad to see two of our freshmen (Ashley Peckett and Courtney Walker) go down with injuries before the meet really started, but I could not be more impressed with Aimee Walker and Lori Winn. Those two freshmen were amongst the many highlights tonight, but the biggest has to be Kristen Maloney's return."