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May 23, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team recorded a 312 (+24) Wednesday in the second round of the NCAA Championships, held at the par-72 El Campeon Golf Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The Buckeyes are tied with New Mexico for 21st place with a 625 at the midway point of the tournament.

After firing a team-low 77 on Tuesday, Allison Hanna (Fr., Portland, Ore./David Douglas) followed it up with OSU’s best score on Wednesday as she shot a 75. Ashley Lowery (Jr., West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) improved from her first-round 78 to post a 76 in the second round.

Mollie Fankhauser (So., Dublin, Ohio/Cols. School for Girls) posted a 78 in the second round, while Natalie Aber (Jr., Akron, Ohio/Springfield) carded an 83. Jennifer Borowiec (Fr., South Lyon, Mich./Mercy) shot an 85 to round out the Buckeyes’ scorecard.

The battle for the national championship is fierce, as eight teams are within 10 strokes of co-leaders Duke and Oklahoma State, who are knotted at 592 (+16). Tulsa fired the low round of the day on Tuesday, a 3-over-par 291, to catapult from 18th place into seventh.

The tournament’s third round begins Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

TEAM STANDINGS RD 1 RD 2 TOTAL 1. Duke 299 293 592 Oklahoma St. 293 299 592 3. Georgia 298 295 593 4. Auburn 300 294 594 UCLA 295 299 594 6. Texas 298 299 597 7. Tulsa 307 291 598 8. New Mex. St. 301 298 599 9. Stanford 298 303 601 10.Southern Cal 296 306 602 11.Arizona 302 301 603 12.Pepperdine 299 307 606 13.LSU 304 303 607 14.California 302 308 610 Michigan St. 310 300 610 16.Kent State 304 309 613 17.Arizona St. 305 309 614 Purdue 305 309 614 19.San Jose St. 303 312 615 20.Washington 315 305 620 21.Ohio State 313 312 625 New Mexico 318 307 625 23.South Fla. 314 314 628 24.S. Carolina 308 323 631 LEADERBOARD RD 1 RD 2 TOTAL 1. Laura Maffat (UCLA) 69 69 138 2. Celeste Troche (AUB) 72 68 140 3. Katy Harris (LSU) 72 70 142 Lindsey Wright (PEP) 70 72 142 OHIO STATE STANDINGS RD 1 RD 2 TOTAL T50. Allison Hanna 77 75 152 T62. Ashley Lowery 78 76 154 T87. Mollie Fankhauser 80 78 158 T106. Natalie Aber 78 83 161 T114. Jennifer Borowiec 81 85 166