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BOULDER CITY, Nev. — University of Arkansas senior Kelli Shean battled wind and a tough golf course but remains in contention to win the Las Vegas Showdown in Boulder City, Nev., Tuesday.

Shean carded a two-over 74 in tough winds leading the Razorbacks to a 302 and a two-round 593 at the Boulder City Golf Course. The final round is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start Wednesday. The Cape Town, South Africa native is third overall just three strokes out of the top spot.

Sophomore Katy Nugent vaulted up the leaderboard with an even-par 72 for a plus-six 150. Nugent moved up to a tie for 33rd place overall.

"It was horribly windy today," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "Despite that, Katy played a tremendous round. So did Kelli. It was hard to hit the greens today and it was really a grind out there but we finished strong."

Senior’s Kristin Ingram and Alex Schulte along with junior Corinna Rees all posted second-round 78s. Ingram is tied with Nugent for 33rd place overall while Schulte is tied for 48th with a 152. Rees rounds out the Razorback scores and is tied for 75th overall with a 157.

As a team, Arkansas moved up one spot to seventh in the 18-team field. The Razorbacks counted a 302 today for a 593, 15 strokes behind the leader No. 17 Arizona who is in the clubhouse with a 578. The Wildcats posted a 294 in the second round.

The top five includes No. 23 Washington in second with 579 (287-292), UC-Davis in third with 582 (2840298), No. 15 Florida in fourth with 586 (289-297) and No. 19 Louisville in fifth with 587 (283-304).

Arkansas is three strokes back of No. 29 Kent State who is sixth at 590 (285-305). The rest of the field includes No. 38 TCU in eighth with 596 (293-303), Colorado State in ninth with 598 (288-310), No. 46 Idaho in 10th with 601 (293-308), No. 39 Northwestern in 11th with 603 (299-304), No. 40 UNLV in 12th with 606 (296-310), Colorado (291-316) and No. 34 Texas Tech (300-307) are tied for 13th overall with 607, Minnesota is 15th with 609 (299-310), No. 47 Missouri is 16th with 610 (296-314), BYU is 17th with 617 (303-314) and UNLV B is 18th with 621 (306-315).

"I told the team that this was their last round as a Razorback in 2009 and that we need to go out and take advantage of every opportunity. I think that’s what we’ll do and we’ll see where that leaves us."

The Razorbacks wrap up play on the final event of the fall Wednesday.