Tarleton State improved 16 strokes in the second round of the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship Thursday, and moved up a spot to eighth in the team standings in the process.

The TexAnns scored 34-over par 322 at the Par-72 6,283-yard Persimmon Ridge Golf Course in Louisville, Ky., where they were 50-over par at 338 on Wednesday. The TexAnns are at 84-over 660 through two days, just eight strokes behind fifth-place Grand Valley (652) and three ahead of ninth-place Indianapolis (663).

Sharon Lau picked up her game in round two, following up Wednesday's 13-over 85 with an impressive 1-over 73 on Thursday. She bogeyed holes 1-3, but birdied the fourth and ninth to finish the front nine at 1-over. She birdied 13 and bogeyed 17 for an even-par back nine.

At 14-over par 158, Sharon Lau is tied for 16th halfway through the event.

Jacqueline Lau put a nine-over par performance on the back of her eight-over round to open the tournament and sits at 17-over 161. She is tied for 18th.

Jessica Pickwick improved four strokes to 10-over 82 Thursday and is 24-over 168 for the event. Katy Ward was 14-over and Sarah Fulfer 15-over in round two and both are 30-over at 174 for the week. Fulfer's score didn't count toward the team card in round two.

At 38-over par 614, Nova Southeastern (Fla.) holds a big lead in the team standings. Florida Southern appears to be the only contender with a score of 53-over 629. California (Pa.) and Grand Valley State are tied for third another 18 strokes back.

Rounds three and four are today and Saturday.