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Gamecocks get back in the game

In the second round of the NCAA Championship South Carolina didn’t play like the #1 team in the country, but they didn’t play like the worst team in the field either.

After finishing last in the first round the Gamecocks bounced back to gain 10 spots by posting a second round score 24 shots better than their first round.

“Pretty good day for the Gamecocks today, we made a really good run at the beginning,” said coach Kalen Anderson. “I’m really proud of the way they rebounded from yesterday ,” said the coach on Gamecock twitter.

South Carolina carded an even par 280 to go from last place to a tie for 14th.

Most of the improvement came from one golfer. Pauline Roussin-Bouchard shot an opening round 81 and cut 10 shots off her second round score to shoot a 1-under par 71. She picked up 39 spots to go from 120th to 81st.

The Gamecock’s rally has put the team in a tie for the last spot to advance to the final round of stroke play.

If USC can remain in the top-15 at the end of the third round on Sunday they will play a fourth round to determine the 8 teams to be in the Match Play championship.

“We had some really solid rounds and had it going under par. We’ve got to look forward to the next couple of days and fight hard,” Anderson said.

Rachel Heck continues to lead the individual standings and is helping Stanford to hold the team lead by 4-shots over Duke.

The Blue Devils Gina Kim is second, three shots behind the leader on the second place team.

The Gamecock golfer with the best score so far is Paula Kimer who shot a second round 1-over par 73 and dropped from a tie for 5th place into a tie for 18th.

NCAA Championship scores from GolfStat http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=22827

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