A late surge from senior Lizette Salas and another strong effort from freshman Sophia Popov propelled the No. 2 USC women’s golf team to victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate on Tuesday at the English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans, La.

The victory is USC's second tournament triumph.

USC began the round four strokes back of No. 1 Alabama and still trailed heading into the back 9, but a rally led by Salas helped the Trojans pass the Crimson Tide. Troy won at 4-over 868 (297-289-282) with Alabama four back at 872 (295-287-290). Host Tulane tied with No. 6 Duke (879) while No. 7 Purdue and No. 8 Virginia tied for fifth (880).

Popov (74-72-69) and junior Lisa McCloskey (73-70-72) tied for seventh at 1-under 215. It was Popov’s fourth consecutive top-10 finish and McCloskey’s sixth top-11 finish in as many events this year.

Salas, who opened with a pair of 74s, birdied five of her final nine holes for a 69 to tie for 14th at 1-over 217 (74-74-69). It was her fourth top-15 finish this year and the 69 marked her 13th career round under 70, tying her for second all-time at USC.

McCloskey mixed three birdies against three bogeys during her final round while Popov had six birdies against three bogeys, including a stretch of five birdies between Nos. 4 and 13 without a bogey.

Sophomore Cyna Rodriguez tied for 32nd at 6-over 222 (76-74-72) and junior Inah Park tied for 43rd at 9-over 225 (77-73-75).
 

Results: Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate
Pos. Team Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Total To Par
1 Southern California 297 289 282 868 +4
2 Alabama 295 287 290 872 +8
T3 Tulane 288 298 293 879 +15
T3 Duke 290 299 290 879 +15
T5 Purdue 302 291 287 880 +16
T5 Virginia 298 292 290 880 +16
7 Arizona State 293 299 290 882 +18
8 Texas A&M 302 286 297 885 +21
9 LSU 291 302 294 887 +23
10 Auburn 302 298 288 888 +24
11 Vanderbilt 294 297 300 891 +27
12 Florida 298 301 294 893 +29
13 Tennessee 300 295 301 896 +32
14 North Carolina 307 294 302 903 +39
15 Mississippi 303 305 300 908 +44
16 Kentucky 305 301 307 913 +49
17 Denver 306 313 308 927 +63