The Furman Lady Paladins jumped up eight spots in the standings after the second round of the NCAA Women;’s Championship at the Karsten Creek course.
The Lady Paladins shot a second round 5-over par total of 293 to shave 19 shots off their first round total and move up to 12th place in the 24 team field.
Top ranked UCLA had the best round of the day carding a 9-under par team total. It gave the Bruins a 5-shot lead over Alabama. The Bruins are at 573 with Alabama standing at 578.
Individually three golfers are tied for the lead. Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest and two Alabama golfers. Bianca Pagdanganan and Cheyanne Knight all are at 5-under par 139.
Furman needs to keep moving up if it is to make the final eight for the match play portion of the championship.
The Lady Paladins are 9-shots out of the top-8 and need to pass Washington, Stanford, Louisville and Duke to be able to advance.
The Lady Paladins were led by Alice Chen who is not in a tie for 24th place at 3-over par. SoCon Player of the Year Natalie Srinivasan posted the best round for any Furman golfer in the first two days. Srinivasan shot an even par round of 72 to move up 34 spots in the individual standings.
Alabama golfer Lauren Stephenson from Lexington gained 20 spots after shooting a second round 3-under par 69 and now is in tie for eighth place.