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USC on verge of team, individual titles at NCAAs


After three rounds at the NCAA Women's Championship, things are shaping up quite well for USC.

The No. 1-ranked Trojans extended their lead in the team competition from 12 to 17 shots Thursday, with a whopping 28 shots now separating them from the three teams tied for third. The Trojans shot 3-under 285 in the third round and now sit at 19-under 845 after three rounds, while Duke remains the only other team under par at 2-under 862. Defending champion Alabama struggled Thursday, shooting 13-over 301 in the third round to drop into a tie for third alongside Purdue and UCLA.

The Trojans may also celebrate an individual title at the conclusion of Friday's final round, as Annie Park now holds a two-shot lead over the field following a 2-under 70 in the third round. At 9-under 207, Park leads by two over both Ally McDonald of Mississippi State and Stephanie Meadow of Alabama, the top-ranked player in Golfstat's rankings, while Park's Trojan teammate Kyung Kim sits alone in fourth place, five shots off the pace after a 3-under 69 Thursday.

The tournament will conclude Friday, with the fourth and final round contested at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.