The NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament continued Thursday with the second and final day of the First Four.
On Wednesday’s Day 1, No. 16 seed Howard and No. 11 seed Dayton secured spots in the Round of 64.
The action continued with two more games Thursday. First, Longwood defeated Mount St. Mary’s 74-70 in a battle of 16-seeds.
That was followed by a matchup of No. 11 seeds Florida State and Missouri State, with the Lady Bears advancing with a 61-50 victory.
Here are the top plays from Thursday’s action.
Longwood 74, Mount St. Mary’s 70
Longwood took control of this one right out of the gate, scoring the first 13 points of the game on the way to a 22-5 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Akila Smith led the way, dominating with agility, strength and hustle on plays like this.
Mount St. Mary’s attempted a late comeback, and if this shot had beaten the buzzer, perhaps things would have been different. But the shot did not count and Longwood held on.
Smith was the star for Longwood, dropping 32 points. Longwood moves on to play 1-seed N.C. State in the Round of 64.
Missouri State 61, Florida State 50
Missouri State broke out to a quick 18-7 lead with the help of this slick move into the key.
The ‘Noles weren’t going anywhere, though, thanks in part to the acrobatics of O’Mariah Gordon.
In the end, though, Mya Bhinhar led four players in double-figure scoring with 12 points as Missouri State advanced to play 6-seed Ohio State in the round of 64.
Get more from Women’s College Basketball Follow your favorites to get information about games, news and more