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Nord scored 25 points and Nero 22 for Cardinals

1/3/2003

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Sara Nord scored 25 points and Lori Nero
added 22 as Louisville withstood Ashley McElhiney's school-record
17 assists to post a 92-82 victory over Vanderbilt (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today; No. 12 Associated Press) on Thursday night.

The Cardinals (7-4) trailed 21-18 midway through the first half
before going on a 14-1 run. Nero, who scored five points during the
run, had 17 in the first half on 8-for-8 shooting.

Vanderbilt cut the lead to 38-32 with 2:43 left in the half, but
the Cardinals' Sabrina Minter scored the last seven points to give
Louisville a 45-32 halftime lead. Vanderbilt didn't get closer than
seven in the second half, on a basket by Abi Ramsey with 1:28 left.

Minter added 18 points for the Cardinals.

Chantelle Anderson scored 25 on 11-for-16 shooting to lead the
Commodores. Jenni Benningfield, who's from Louisville and was
Kentucky's Miss Basketball in 2000, added 18 points.

McElhiney's assist total broke the previous school mark of 15,
held by several players.