Two-time defending champ Duke holds 7-stroke lead

Updated: May 23, 2007, 9:12 PM ET
Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Two-time defending champion Duke took a seven-stroke lead Wednesday after the second round of the NCAA women's tournament, while Purdue's Christel Boeljon shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions to top the individual leaderboard.

Anna Grzebien had a 70 to help the Blue Devils, seeking their fifth team title in nine years, shoot a 1-over 287 for an 11-over 587 total on LPGA International's Legends Course. UCLA was second at 18 over, followed by Purdue (21 over), Stanford (23 over) and Southern California (25 over).

Grzebien, the 2005 individual champion, rebounded from an opening 80.

"Yesterday fired me up," Grzebien said. "This is the tournament where you need to come and play because everyone is prepared to win it."

Boeljon, a sophomore from the Netherlands, had a 3-under 141 total. Arkansas' Stacy Lewis (71) was a stroke back, and Duke's Amanda Blumenherst (73) was 1 under along with UCLA's Tiffany Joh (70) and TCU's Catherine Matranga (71).

"I played solid today," Boeljon said. "I hit a lot of fairways and found a lot of greens. I think I only missed two greens. I felt comfortable about my game and just went shot by shot."


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