Late first half momentum, doesn’t carry over

Late first half momentum, doesn’t carry over

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Starting her first career game, Lana Zjajo scored a career-high 23 points, but the Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team struggled in the second half and dropped a 90-64 decision to Montgomery Sunday evening.

The Nighthawks are now 1-3 this season and return to the court Thursday at USCAA foe Patrick Henry at 5:30 p.m.

After a quarter of play, NOVA trailed the Raptors by eight, but the Nighthawks struggled on the glass as they were out rebounded 17-10. NOVA was led offensively by Jalita Montgomery, Tamara Moore and Zjajo, who combined for 12 points.

In the second period, the Nighthawks defense kept the Raptors from hitting a field goal for nearly six minutes. After MC nailed a jumper at 6:03, the Raptors only points came from the free throw line until late, which allowed the Nighthawks get within 14 at the break.

The momentum, however, would not carry over in the second half as the Nighthawks turned the ball over 16 times and shot 10-of-38 from the floor. Zjajo, meanwhile, scored 14 of her 23 points and was 3-of-4 from outside in the final 20 minutes.