Duke holds off USC to win sixth national championship
TULSA, Oklahoma -- Duke is back on top of the NCAA women's golfing world.
The Blue Devils came from behind to hold off top-ranked Southern Cal and win by two strokes at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla for the program's sixth national championship Friday evening. Duke also won the program's first national title in Tulsa in 1999.
|2014 DI WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP|
|Championship Highlights | Photo Gallery|
|Final Round: Duke captures sixth national championship|
|Maloof: Celebration at championship scene|
|Maloof: Tulsa Country club can bear its teeth|
|Round 3: Blue Devils take six-stroke lead|
|Maloof: Leaderboard switch up entering final day|
|Maloof: Stanford's Stackhouse inspire her team|
|Round 2: Despite heavy wind, Oklahoma still leads|
|Maloof: Competition high with two rounds remaining|
|Maloof: ASU's coach Luellen part of a coaching tradition|
|Round 1: Oklahoma secures lead after Day 1 of play|
|Maloof: Arizona State contends with brutal winds|
|Maloof: UNLV's Finkelstein hits a hole-in-one during storm|
|Maloof: All eyes on defending champ Southern Cal|
|Maloof: Campbell confident in return to championships|
|Complete championship participants list|
|How they got here: Super Regional Results|
Seniors Alejandra Cangrejo and Laetitia Beck led Duke on Friday with matching 2-under par efforts in their final competitive rounds as college golfers.
Sophomore Celine Boutier, the runner-up in the individual event, finished her final round at 1-under, as did freshman Sandy Choi.
Yu Li, the ACC Rookie of the Year, registered a two-over-par 72 to end her inaugural campaign.
Duke found itself tied for third after the first day of competition, five shots back of Oklahoma, two back of UCLA and even with Southern Cal and Arizona State.
After the second round, the Blue Devils were in sole possession of second place, three shots back of Oklahoma.
On Day 3, Duke made its move, carding a two-under, 278 that gave the Devils a six-shot lead heading into the championship's final round.
Duke also won the team national championship in 1999, 2002, '05, '06, and '07.