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(9) Louisville 73

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Missouri State 64

(1-1, 0-1 home)

    3:00 PM ET, November 13, 2011

    1 2 T
    #9LOU 32 4173
    MOSU 33 3164

    Top Performers

    Louisville: C. Warren 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Stl

    Missouri St: C. Garrison 15 Pts, 14 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Cierra Warren shoots 8-for-8 from floor as Louisville pulls away late

    Associated Press

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Cierra Warren learned a lesson from No. 9 Louisville's close call against Missouri State.

    Warren shot 8-for-8, but struggled in the first half, before finishing with 18 points to help No. 9 Louisville beat Missouri State 73-64 Sunday in the opener for both teams.

    "I was not prepared as well as I thought I could be," Warren said. "I just wasn't playing well in the first half. I had to come out in the second half and work harder."

    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.

    Casey Garrison had 15 points and 14 rebounds for Missouri State. 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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LOU
    MOSU
    Points 73 64
    FG Made-Attempted 27-72 (.375) 21-59 (.356)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-16 (.250) 4-26 (.154)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-27 (.556) 18-30 (.600)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 10

    Game Leaders

     
    LOU
    MOSU
    PointsC. Warren 18C. Garrison 15
    ReboundsS. Hammond 13C. Garrison 14
    AssistsJ. Schimmel 5J. Roberson 5
    StealsB. Smith 6C. Garrison 2
    BlocksS. Hammond 4C. Garrison 1

    2011-12 Season

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