USC’s director of golf, Kurt Schuette (left) high-fives Belen Mozo after her second-round 72.
Jennifer Johnson of Arizona State shot a second round 70.
UCLA’s Glory Yang celebrates with assistant coach Alicia Um after hitting to No. 2, an island like green during the second round.
Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Purdue at No. 8. She shot a 73 in her second round.
University of Southern California’s Cyna Rodriguez hits her bunker shot at No. 9. USC took an early lead on Wednesday.
USC’s Jennifer Song at No. 9, she shot a second round 71.
Florida State head coach Kate Golden with player Jessica Negron at the 10th tee. Lightning delayed the start of Florida State’s second round.
Arizona State’s Jennifer Johnson with head coach Melissa Luellen at No. 2 during the second round.
Arizona State’s Carlota Ciganda leaves the course during the second weather delay of the second round.
Arizona State coach Melissa Luellen with Juliana Murcia.
New Mexico’s Sarah Salvo reacts to missing her birdie putt at No. 8.
Arizona State’s Juliana Murcia at No. 1 reacting to her parr putt.
Auburn’s Cydney Clanton watches her tee shot at No. 8. She shot a second round 71 and is tied for 11.
Oklahoma’s Ellen Mueller tries to work her ball through the air at No. 13 a par 3.
Denver’s Kimberly Kim hits her tee shot at No. 13.
UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth with player Sydnee Michaels at No. 2. Michaels shot a 74 in Round 2. UCLA is in fourth place after two rounds.
Duke’s Alison Whitaker during the second round of the Women’s NCAA Championship.
Purdue’s Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, left, and Auburn’s Cydney Clanton, right, check their yardage at No. 8 during Round 2.
WILMINGTON, N.C. – What happened to Arizona State? Hole No. 2.
The first three Sun Devils who played the intimidating par 3 dunked one into the water. Carlota Ciganda and Giulia Molinaro both tripled the hole. Jaclyn Sweeney made double bogey.
When Juliana Murcia stepped up and hit the green, ASU coach Melissa Luellen thought, Thank the Lord.
Water surrounds the 131-yard second hole on three sides and a large bunker guards the right. The pin placement on Wednesday was back right, where the green narrows considerably.
Luellen said the drop area to the right of the tee box was particularly penalizing to a back pin: “With the wind, you really couldn’t fly it back there.”
ASU was the nation’s top-ranked team heading into postseason play. The Sun Devils were DQ’d from the Pac-10 Championship when two players had to withdraw because of illness. ASU finished second to USC at the NCAA Central Regional.
The Sun Devils trail USC by 11 strokes heading into the third round of the NCAA Championship.
“They make it 72 holes and everyone is going to have their bleeps,” Luellen said, “and we’ve had our bleeps.”