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UCLA leads by three at midpoint of NCAAs

5/19/2011

UCLA sits atop a crowded leaderboard with a three-stroke lead at the midway point of the NCAA women's golf championships after shooting a team score of seven-over 295 Thursday at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Tex.

Tiffany Lua and Stephanie Kono each shot one-under 71 in the second round to pace the No. 2 Bruins, who have a two-day total of eight-over 584 extended their lead by a stroke despite shooting six strokes higher than in the opening round.

No. 4 Purdue, the defending national champion, is second at nine over and No. 7 Louisiana State is third at 10 over and five other teams are within eight strokes of the UCLA lead.

Lua, a sophomore, is in third place in the indiviual race at two-under par. She is four shots behind leader Austin Ernst, who shot a six-under 66 in the second round. UCLA senior Glory Yang, in second after a first-round 70, slipped into a tie for 10th after shooting 75 in the second round. Lee Lopez shot 78 to round out UCLA's scoring.

The tournament continues with the third round on Friday and the final round will be Saturday.