Longwood’s Tra’Dayja Smith comes in at No. 5 on ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 : Augusta Free Press

Tra’Dayja Smith. Photo by Mike Kropf/Longwood Athletics.

Longwood women’s basketball got a turn in the national spotlight Wednesday morning courtesy of senior Tra’Dayja Smith’s appearance on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays on ESPN.

Smith became the latest Lancer featured on ESPN’s daily countdown of the top 10 plays in all of sports, earning the No. 5 spot for her self-assisted inbounds scoring play in the fourth quarter of the Lancers’ 54-52 win over USC Upstate Tuesday night.

The highlight saw the Lancer point guard showing off her veteran savvy in crunchtime, bouncing an inbounds pass from the baseline off a USC Upstate defender, collecting it and taking it to the basket for a go-ahead layup. Longwood went on to win 54-52 to sweep the Spartans in the two-game series and improve to 4-2 in Big South play.

The win was also the Lancers’ fifth straight in Willett Hall and lifted the team to fourth place in the Big South standings. Longwood (5-6, 4-2 Big South) will continue its climb this Saturday and Sunday with a two-game road trip to Campbell.

A native of Madisonville, Texas, and a preseason watch list selection for the prestigious Lieberman Award for the nation’s top point guard, Smith is the 10th Lancer to appear on the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 since Longwood joined the Big South in 2012-13. The most recent of those was softball player Madison Blair in March of 2020, while others include Kaylynn ‘Bug’ Batten (softball), Tristan Carey (men’s basketball), Emilie Kupsov (women’s soccer), Emily Murphy (softball), Janese Quick (women’s soccer), JaShaun Smith (men’s basketball), Jessica Smith (softball) and Lucas Woodhouse (men’s basketball).