Duke leads NCAA women; Purdue's Boeljon on top

Duke leads NCAA women; Purdue’s Boeljon on top

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.(AP) Two-time defending champion Duke took an eight-stroke lead Thursday after the windy third round of the NCAA women’s tournament, while Purdue’s Christel Boeljon moved five strokes ahead in the individual competition.

Anna Grzebien and Jennie Lee had even-par 72s to help the Blue Devils, seeking their fifth team title in nine years, shoot a 5-over 293 for a 16-over 880 total on LPGA International’s Legends Course. Purdue was second at 24 over, followed by UCLA (29 over), Georgia (38 over) and Vanderbilt and Stanford (both 39 over).

“We’re excited about tomorrow and it’s clear that Purdue and UCLA are not going away,” Duke coach Dan Brooks said. “They are here to win this thing.”

Purdue shot a 3-over 291, the best team score in the third round.

“I think Duke has a nice little lead, but we don’t really control Duke,” Boilermakers coach Devon Brouse said. “We just have to try and play well tomorrow and see what happens. … It just comes down to whether or not we can get something going and put four scores together. We have not done that yet.”

Boeljon, a sophomore from the Netherlands, shot her second straight 3-under 69 for a 6-under 210 total. Southern California’s Paola Moreno (70) was second at 1 under, and Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst (74), Vanderbilt’s Jacqui Concolino (73) and TCU’s Catherine Matranga (74) followed at 1 over.

“I played really solid again,” Boeljon said. “I hit a lot of fairways and greens. I made some bogeys, but on this course you have to expect them. I trusted my game well enough that I would make some birdies and that’s what I’m doing.”

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