TULSA, Okla. – No. 6 Washington improved by 10 strokes on Wednesday but fell into a tie for ninth after two rounds at the NCAA women’s golf championships at the Tulsa Country Club.

The Huskies shot a round of 9-over 289 and are 28 over for the tournament, 13 strokes off the lead.

No. 7 Oklahoma continues to lead at 15 over, but the leaderboard is tightly bunched. No. 3 Duke is second at 18 over, followed by No. 5 Arizona State at 20 over.

SooBin Kim shot a 3-under 67 to move from a tie for 54th after round one all the way to a tie for 13th. Kim is now 3 over for the tournament, eight strokes back of Alexandra Kaui of Oklahoma, who leads after also shooting a 67.

“I feel like I really needed a low round today,” said Kim. “Yesterday I felt really unconfident after the round. I was hitting it well on the range today. I just kept it under control. I think today is a real confidence-builder to play another two rounds.”

Jennifer Yang also played well, firing a 1-over 71 to move up into a tie for 31st at 6 over for the tournament. Yang made five birdies, but also had five bogeys on another tough day for scoring. Although the winds were calmer than the opening round, they were still very much a factor.

“We got off to a rough start, again,” said coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “SooBin and Jen started off pretty well, but you have to have everyone contribute. We made 15 birdies and ended up 9 over par. That is 24 over par the rest of the way.”

Charlotte Thomas finished at 5-over 75. She dropped back to a tie for 50th at 9 over, making four straight bogeys on holes 14-17.

The final score used by the Huskies was a 6-over 76 from Kelli Bowers. She made a costly double-bogey on the par-5 third, but immediately responded by birdieing the fourth.

Ying Luo rounded out the Huskies squad, shooting 8-over 78 and is at 12 over.

From sports-information reports