Duke Women Struggling at NCAAs

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NCAAALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Dukes chances a fourth straight NCAA womens golf title got slimmer Tuesday after the Blue Devils shot an 11-over 299 in the first round Tuesday.
 
Southern California leads at 4-under 284, five strokes ahead of UCLA and Auburn. Arizona State is fourth at 2 over.
 
Duke hurt itself with poor putting.
 
If anything, the ball wasnt going in the hole, Duke coach Dan Brooks said. Our overall game looked pretty good. We just need to put the rascal in the hole.
 
The Blue Devils are 18th out of 24 teams.
 
Wake Forests Nannette Hill had the best score of the day and tied the course record with a 67. The Demon Deacons are tied for fifth with the University of Denver at 5 over.
 
I got in a groove on my putting stroke and didnt try to overpower my shot, Hill said. I got my shots where I wanted to.
 
All five USC players were at 1-over or better, but teams can discard their worst score.
 
Its exciting to me that we had to throw out a 1-over, Trojans coach Andrea Gaston said. Weve has some pretty good scoring by all five players. Thats how weve won our last three events.
 
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