Duke took a six-stroke lead over defending champion Southern California on Thursday in the third round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championship, and the Blue Devils' Celine Boutier tied the Trojans' Doris Chen atop the individual standings.
Duke matched top-ranked Southern California with a 2-under 278 to reach 16-over 856. Second-round leader Oklahoma struggled to an 11-over 291 to drop into third at 26 over. UCLA was fourth at 27 over, followed by Mississippi State at 30 over, and Arizona, Arizona State and North Carolina State at 31 over.
Boutier led Duke with a 3-under 67 to match Chen at 3-under 207. Chen had a 68. Iowa State's Chonlada Chayunun, Michigan State's Alysssa Ferrell and Stanford's Lauren Kim were even par.
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