After notching a runner-up finish in the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate a week ago, Ginger Brown-Lemm's squad is on pace to card their second Top 5 finish. It would be the first time an MSU team has accomplished the feat since the fall of 2005.
Ole Miss and 17th-ranked Baylor currently lead the field of 15 with a pair of 4-over-par 292's.
McDonald and Gallagher each turned in 74's Friday. The duo is tied for eighth, five strokes behind Natalie Gleadall of Ole Miss. McDonald turned in a runner-up card, individually, in the last event.
"We had two good scores in Ally and Mary Langdon," Brown-Lemm said. "The three others struggled with putting and were often on the wrong side of the hole for an up-and-down for par. We simply have to do a better job scrambling. Rica worked hard to finish with a 79 after three double bogeys. We have to have a better team effort the rest of the way because we need four scores at 75 or better to play top-level SEC golf. I will not rest until we make it there."
Second-round action begins at 8 a.m., Saturday morning with the Lady Bulldogs slated to tee off alongside Minnesota and Kansas State.
First Round - April 6, 2012
T1. Baylor (292, +4) T1. Mississippi (292, +4); 3. Missouri (298, +10); 4. Tulsa (302, +14); 5. Southern Mississippi (303, +15); 6. Harvard (304, +16); T7. Mississippi State (306, +18); T7. Minnesota (306, +18); T7. Kansas State (306, +18); 10. Redlands Community College (307, +19); 11. Maryland (308, +20); 12. Memphis (311, +23); 13. Murray State (312, +24); 14. Rollins College (317, +29); 15. Miami (318, +30).
MSU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS