ANNANDALE – A strong defensive effort from the Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team helped give the Nighthawks an 83-35 victory over NJCAA Region 20 opponent Allegany Wednesday evening inside Ernst Gymnasium.
The Nighthawks, who open up the season 1-0, return to the hardwood Wednesday, Nov. 8 against commonwealth foe Bryant & Stratton at 5:30 p.m.
NOVA's defense allowed just eight made field goals the entire game, which includes one shot from beyond the arc. Most of the Trojans points came from the charity stripe where they were 18-of-30.
On the offensive side of the game for the Nighthawks, Jalita Montgomery scored the first five points of the season to give NOVA a 5-0 lead. The biggest lead of the first half for the Nighthawks near the end of the second quarter when Brittany Clark scored down low push the advantage to 22 points.
Midway through the third period, Clark scored on a fast break to get the NOVA lead to 27 at 47-20. The Nighthawks would continue to build on the cushion, as Lana Zjajo scored four late third quarter points to build a 32-point lead.
With under two minutes remaining Dima Kassem tickled the twine for the first time, but added five boards off the bench, which gave NOVA a hefty 50 lead.
To help build the big second half lead, NOVA scored 17 second chance points and added 22 tallies down low.