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No. 6 Vanderbilt 63, Louisville 60

November 24, 1996

BOSTON (AP) _ Na’Sheema Hillmon and Paige Redman each scored 14 points Sunday to lead No. 6 Vanderbilt to a 63-60 victory over Louisville in the opening round of the Reebok Women’s Basketball Classic.

Vanderbilt (1-0) took a 58-49 lead with 4:26 left on a jumper by Nettie Respondek. But Misty Smith, who led Louisville (0-1) with 15 points, hit a jumper with 22 seconds remaining to cap an 8-2 run that cut Vanderbilt’s lead to 62-60.

Smith fouled Redman on Vanderbilt’s next possession and she made the front end of a 1-and-1. Smith took the final shot at the buzzer, but missed from inside the 3-point arc.

Sharon Bellemy had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Louisville.

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