WAILUKU, Hawaii - Senior Lori Gillette finished with a team-high 9.85 on uneven bars as the Hornets competed in the seventh-annual Maui Invitational Friday evening at War Memorial Gymnasium.
Senior Lori Gillette
Arizona finished with a score of 194.575 to barely edge Oklahoma (194.425) for the top spot while Michigan (193.625) and Sacramento State (187.400) rounded out the rest of the field.
Gillette, a native of Encinitas, Calif., finished tied for third in the meet on bars. The 9.85 mark also tied her career-high for the event.
Also finishing in the top ten for the Hornets were sophomore Binta Coleman and freshmen Stefanie Aeder and Meloney Greer.
Coleman, a native of Elk Grove, Calif., finished 10th in the meet on balance beam with a 9.55. Aeder, a native of Portland, Ore., placed tied for eighth in the meet on floor exercise with a team-high 9.8. Greer, a native of Couer d''Alene, Idaho, finished seventh in the meet on bars with a 9.8.
In the Hornets'' first rotation, five of six competitors fell on the balance beam as the squad recorded a meet-low 44.7.
On floor exercise, the Hornets recorded a 47.625 but lost senior Melissa Prescott when she sprained her ankle trying to land her final pass.
After a 46.375 on vault, the squad finished with a meet-high 48.7 on bars. Coleman tied her career-high on the event with a 9.775 while freshmen Jessica Hoffman (9.75) and Dana Raeber (9.525) also paced the Hornets. The team''s bar score was the second-best total of the meet.
Sacramento State ended its 19-consecutive meet streak of 190 or higher and finished with its lowest team score since a 187.125 on Jan. 22, 1999, at Utah State.
The Hornets were also without the services of seniors Wendy Baisdon (knee), Lara Goold (knee) and Karen Sorensen (neck) who sat out due to injury.
The Hornets will take a week off before heading to UC Santa Barabara to face the Gauchos and Towson on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.