McDonald is only four shots back of tournament-leader F. Gustafsson Spang of East Carolina entering Sunday's final round. The Fulton, Miss., native is 1-under for through two rounds. She managed par entering the final hole but carded a bogey on the 385-yard par four.
The Lady Bulldogs' 22-over 598 card is only seven strokes shy of a Top 3 finish. It ties for the fourth-lowest 36-hole score in the Ginger Brown-Lemm era and ties for ninth-lowest in MSU history.
"I saw some growth today," Brown-Lemm said. "While this is not the expected performance, we are freshman and sophomores; lessons learned in these two years are critical to their development. We are on a very good pace for exceeding all our goals, I just think we can do better."
Freshman Logan Chaney is competing as an individual in the event and is 17-over after a second-round 79.
"We have so much talent, so much young talent," Brown-Lemm added. "I can't wait to see them grow and flourish. As we mature, we are moving into a very competitive position for Mississippi State women's golf."
No. 36 Campbell is the current tourney leader at 7-over-par, while Elon (+14) and East Carolina (+15) are second and third, respectively.
Final-round action begins Sunday at 7 a.m. CST with the Lady Bulldogs slated to tee off along side James Madison and Chattanooga at 7:40 a.m.
Live stats will be available through HailState.com. Fans can also follow the women's golf program on Twitter, @mstateWG, and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateWG
Second Round - March 9, 2013
1. No. 36 Campbell (293-290=583, +7); 2. Elon (293-297=590, +14); 3. East Carolina (302-289=591, +15); 4. James Madison (297-296=593, +17); 5. Chattanooga (302-295=597, +21); 6. Mississippi State (300-298=598, +22); T7. Georgia State (301-299=600, +24); T7. Old Dominion (296-304=600, +24); T9. Kennesaw State (300-303=603, +27); T9. East Tennessee State (304-299=603, +27); 11. Stetson (302-306=608, +32); 12. Jacksonville (308-305=613, +37); 13. Samford (305-311=616, +40); 14. UNC-Wilmington (313-304=617, +41); 15. North Florida (312-310=622, +46); 16. Morehead State (314-312=626, +50); 17. Western Carolina (317-322=639, +63).
T80. Logan Chaney 82-79=161, +17*
*Competing as an individual