On day two of the women’s golf NCAA Championships, the No. 2 Bruins seized the lead of the tournament, holding a seven-stroke advantage over second-place USC.

UCLA recorded 293 (+5) on the day, totaling 589 (+13) in the first two rounds. The defending champion the No. 3 Trojans shot a 295 (+7) team score in the second round. First-round leader No. 14 Denver fell to third after Wednesday’s 304 (+16) performance, but the Pioneers remain only two strokes behind the Trojans in the tournament. After registering 298 (+10) Wednesday, top-ranked Arizona State is tied at fourth with No. 5 Oklahoma State and No. 10 North Carolina with team scores of 600 (+24).

The Bruins are led by sophomore Maria Jose Uribe, who currently sits at the top spot in the individual tournament with a score of 141 (-3). She fired a 66 (-6) in Wednesday’s round, which included five birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the ninth hole.

“She played really well,” coach Carrie Forsyth said. “(She) hit the ball really well, made a lot of putts. Overall, just really solid, as good as I’ve seen her play.”

However, Uribe’s teammates had a little more trouble on the course.

Both freshman Stephanie Kono and senior Tiffany Joh finished Wednesday’s round with a 76 (+4). Kono, who led the Bruins on Monday, fell from tying in seventh place to tying for 16th, recording 149 (+5) in the tournament. Only one stroke behind Kono in the tournament, Joh also saw a drop in the leaderboard from tying in 12th to tying in 20th with teammate junior Sydnee Michaels. Sophomore Glory Yang, who shot UCLA’s highest score of the day with 78 (+6), is tied for 37th at 152 (+8) in the tournament.

“Everybody else on the team struggled a little bit today,” Forsyth said. “They kept it together. It wasn’t like anybody let it get away from them, but it was a little bit of a struggle for everybody ““ maybe just being a little too tentative, trying a little too hard to hit the fairway. We’re just going to try to relax tomorrow, just pick good targets.”

Golfweek.com reported that the average score for the first round was 77.92.

Forsyth said that the team still felt good about its performance.

“I know we all believe that as a team, we can play better than today,” Forsyth said. “We’re going to go out tomorrow, hopefully have a little bit different perspective of this golf course ““ we’ve played it almost four times now ““ and just try to relax a little bit more, just free swing it.”

The third round begins today as tournament play continues. Friday’s fourth and final round will conclude the NCAA Championships.