RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Akila Smith had 32 points and 13 rebounds, Kyla McMakin added 18 points on four 3-pointers and Longwood led by 22 points before holding Mount St. Mary’s 74-70 Thursday night in a first female oven. Game.
Longwood (22-11) will ride a 10-game winning streak in a Saturday game with ACC champion North Carolina State (29-3), the top seed from the Bridgeport area. The 16th-seeded Lancers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance — three years away from finishing with a 3-27 record.
Longwood scored the first 13 points, including eight from Smith, and led the rest of the way. It was 36-18 at halftime – with 18 points and eight rebounds from Smith.
Mount St. Mary’s (16-13) had only seven players available due to injuries. Kendall scored 15 of his 20 points in the third quarter.
STATE OF MISSOURI 61, STATE OF FLORIDA 50
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Mya Bhinhar scored 12 points, Mariah White had 11 points and five steals, and Missouri State beat Florida State in a first-four game.
Eleventh-seeded Missouri State (25-7) plays sixth-seeded Ohio State on Saturday in the Spokane area.
Sydney Wilson also scored 11 points for Missouri State, and Ifunanya Nwachukwu had 10. The Lady Bears forced 17 turnovers and held Florida State (17-14) to just 27.4 percent shooting.
O’Mariah Gordon scored 12 points for Florida State.