CORVALLIS, Ore. -- No. 8 Washington dropped to fifth place at the Pac-12 Championships with six teams still very much in the mix. The Dawgs finished the second round with a score of 5-over 293 and are now 7-over for the tournament and 10 shots off the lead.
"We started out really well, but just as quick as we started it went the other way that fast," said head coach Mary Lou Mulflur. "I thought the effort was there. We knew if we put up a number, we'd be right in the thick of it, so that part is frustrating."
No. 2 UCLA continues to lead by a narrow margin. The Bruins are at 3-under, just one stroke better than second-place No. 11 Arizona. No. 9 Stanford is third at 1-over, while No. 1 USC climbed to fourth place at 2-over after the best round of the day.
The Dawgs are fifth at 7-over, while No. 6 Arizona State completes the elite top half of the conference in sixth place at 11-over.
"There is really no margin for error in this conference," said Mulflur. "It's just such a competitive conference, you have to be on your game."
The Dawgs were led by SooBin Kim on Saturday as she fired a round of even-par 72. The Husky junior remained in contention for the individual title and is now just four strokes back of Lindsey Weaver of Arizona and Erynne Lee of UCLA who share the lead at 4-under. Kim got off to a hot start, birdying three of the first five holes to be near the lead, but gave a few back and is now tied for seventh.
Also in that tie for seventh is Charlotte Thomas who finished the second round at 1-over 73. Thomas is also at even par for the tournament, joining Kim four strokes back. She made three birdies, two bogey and a double on Saturday.
Continuing some strong play is senior Kelli Bowers who had a second-straight day of 1-over 73. Bowers is now 2-over for the tournament and tied for 12th.
The final score for the Dawgs came from Ying Luo who overcame a rough start to shoot a round of 3-over 75. It was a tale of two nines for Luo who double-bogeyed the first hole on the way to a 5-over 41 on the front, but responded by playing the back at 2-under 34, including a birdie on 18 to get in a tie for 28th.
Jennifer Yang rounded out the Husky squad with a round of 5-over 77. Yang is now 8-over for the tournament in a tie for 42nd.
The Dawgs will return to the Trysting Tree Golf Club on Sunday for the final round. Washington will play with Arizona State teeing off No. 1 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
"It's not impossible," said Mulflur. "We'll go out there and see what happens."