Casey Garrison helped Missouri State put a bit of a scare into No. 9 Louisville.
She had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Bears, who lead the Cardinals at halftime before eventually losing 73-64 Sunday.
''We were competing with the No 9 team in the country today. We surprised a lot of people,'' said Garrison said. ''People didn't expect us to be this close to a No. 9 team.''
Cierra Warren shot 8-for-8 and finished with 18 points, though she only made one basket in the first half, when Missouri State led by 10 and never trailed.
The Cardinals went on a 16-7 run late in the second half to put the game away after taking their first lead with about 10 minutes left on a basket by Warren that made it 52-51.
''She started to move. You have to move to get open,'' Cardinals coach Jeff Walz said of Warren. ''She was standing still We set some screens and got the ball to her in the post.''
After a basket by Hannah Wilkerson got Missouri State to within 54-53 with 7:38 left, the Bears didn't score another field goal for the next four minutes as Louisville pulled away.
''We rode the first-half momentum. I think there was a little fatigue and our composure was up and down in the second half, '' Garrison said.
Jaleshia Roberson scored 11 and Hannah Wilkerson and Christiana Shorter both scored 10.
''People didn't expect us to be this close to a No. 9 team,'' Garrison said.
Sara Hammond scored 13 points and 13 rebounds for Louisville. Bria Smith added 10.
Louisville was playing without Shoni Schimel, who had to miss two games because the NCAA found that she played in a non-sanctioned 3-on-3 tournament in Oregon over the summer.
Missouri State held a 33-32 halftime lead that could have been much larger but Louisville scored the last eight points of the half thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Becky Burke and a field goal by Antonita Slaughter.
There were 44 turnovers in the game and neither team shot better than 40 percent. Louisville shot 37.5 percent and Missouri State made 35.6 percent.