ANNANDALE – Behind a team-best 18 points from Natasha Porter, the Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team was a 63-49 winner over NJCAA Region 20 foe Southern Maryland Monday evening.
The Nighthawks improve to 5-7 on the season and return to the floor Tuesday Jan. 9 against Onondaga inside Ernst Gymnasium.
Jalita Montgomery scored the first points for NOVA, but then the Nighthawks went cold as the Hawks jumped to a 14-5 lead. The NOVA defense, however, stepped up and held CSM scoreless for the final two minutes of the opening period and were able to get within a bucket at 14-12.
To start second quarter action, Montgomery tied the game at 14, but a 13-4 swing saw the Hawks take a 27-18 lead with 2:33 left in the period. The Nighthawks were able to shift the momentum once again and closed the half on a 5-0 run as they saw their deficit dwindle to four (27-23.)
Beginning second half play, Porter dropped in a layup to bring NOVA within a bucket, but four quick CSM points saw the Hawks jump on top 31-25.
Minutes later, Tiya Anderson gave the Nighthawks their first lead since the early part of the game at 35-33. NOVA was able to continue the momentum shift and built a 47-35 lead after a Theresa Sherrill bunny.
CSM though was able to bring game under 10 three times early in the final quarter, but a Tamara Moore bucket with 6:58 left put the Nighthawk back up by double digits for good.
With under four minutes left in the game, Moore drained a pair of free throws to give NOVA its largest lead of the night at 59-43. The Nighthawks defense did the rest of the work as the unit held the Hawks to just six points the rest of the way.