Wolcott, Colo. - Cassie Deeg added a second-round 76 to her opening-round 69 to sit in a tie for ninth after 36 holes at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Golf Club on Tuesday..
Deeg, a true freshman from Hugo, Minn., heads into Wednesday's final round in the hunt for her first career top-10 individual finish in just the second tournament of her young career. Her effort is coming in a loaded 18-team field with nine teams ranked among the nation's top 50, including No. 1 UCLA.
As a team, the Huskers sit in 11th place at 610 after producing a second-round 307 on Tuesday.While NU slipped from a tie for eighth (303) after the opening round, the Huskers extended their lead over No. 29 Florida State. The Seminoles slipped to 14th (615) after a 311 Tuesday. Nebraska also maintained its eight-stroke lead over No. 38 Tulsa.
No. 26 Pepperdine edged to a two-stroke lead in the team race with a two-round total of 575 after a 289 on Tuesday. No. 31 UC Davis gained some ground on the Waves with a tournament-best 285 to end the second round at 577. No. 25 Oklahoma slipped to third with a second-round 300 to close the first 36 holes at 586.
No. 1 UCLA sits just six strokes ahead of the Huskers in a tie for eighth at 604 through two rounds.
Deeg's two-round total of 145 puts her seven shots back of tournament leader Demi Runas from UC Davis. Runas scorched the 6,236-yard, par-72 layout at Red Sky for a tournament-best 67 on Tuesday to close the day at 138. Runas holds a tenuous one-shot lead over Pepperdine's Grace Na.(70-69-139).
While Deeg is seven strokes behind the leader, she is just three strokes back of third-place Anne-Catherine Tangu from Oklahoma at 142.
Husker junior Katelyn Wright added a 76 of her own in the second round to remain in the top 20. The Incline Village, Nev., native heads into the final round in a tie for 16th at 147.
Fellow junior Steffi Neisen (New Prague, Minn.) strung together a second-round 77 to climb nine spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 52nd (156). Redshirt freshman Jackie O'Doherty (Lincoln, Neb.) also provided NU with a solid 78 Tuesday.
The tournament concludes with the final 18 holes on Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m. (central). Live scoring for the tournament is available on GolfStat.com.
Golfweek Conference Challenge
Red Sky Golf Club - Fazio Course (Wolcott, Colo.)
Par 72, 6,236 Yards
Sept. 24-26, 2012
Results (Through Two Rounds)
1. Pepperdine - 286-289-575
2. UC Davis - 292-285-577
3. Oklahoma - 286-300-586
4. Mississippi - 300-296-596
5. Campbell - 298-303-601
6. Denver - 305-297-602
7. UTSA -307-296-603
T8. East Tennessee State - 298-306-604
T8. UCLA - 310-294-604
10. San Diego State - 302-305-607
11. Nebraska - 303-307-610
T12. Furman - 305-307-612
T12. South Florida 305-307-612
14. Florida State - 304-311-615
15. San Jose State - 303-314-617
16. Tulsa - 311-307-618
17. Georgia State - 310-314-624
18. Missouri State - 318-315-633
1. Demi Runas, UC Davis - 71-67-138 (-6)
2. Grace Na, Pepperdine - 69-70-139 (-4)
3. Anne-Catherine Tangu, Oklahoma - 69-73-142 (-2)
T4. Fabiola Arriaga, UTSA - 75-68-143 (-1)
T4. Alina Ching, Pepperdine - 71-72-143 (-1)
T4. Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma - 68-75-143 (-1)
T4. Shu-Yin Liu, Tulsa - 74-69-143 (-1)
8. Emily Collins, Oklahoma - 70-74-144 (E)
T9. Cassie Deeg, Nebraska - 69-76-145 (+1)
T9. Ericka Schneider, Mississippi - 75-70-145 (+1)
Nebraska Individuals (11th, 303-307-610)
T9. Cassie Deeg - 69-76-145 (+1)
T16. Katelyn Wright - 71-76-147 (+3)
T52. Steffi Neisen - 79-77-156 (+12)
T88. Morgan Smejkal - 84-89-173 (+29)
T88. Jackie O'Doherty - 95-78-173 (+29)