ANNANDALE – Natasha Porter scored a team-high 18 points, but the Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team struggled to get its offense in gear, as Baltimore City was a 78-41 winner Tuesday evening.
The Nighthawks, who are 8-9 return to floor Thursday when Anne Arundel comes to Ernst Gymnasium for 5 p.m. tipoff. The contest will be broadcast live at Facebook.com/NOVANighthawks.
Theresa Sherrill scored down low on a feed from Jalita Montgomery to get NOVA going early, but both teams struggled offensively over the next three minutes. Montgomery then pulled the trigger and nailed a three to give NOVA a 5-4 advantage
After both teams traded baskets, the Nighthawks were hanging on to an 8-6 lead late in the opening period. However, a 9-0 run by BCCC erased NOVA's small cushion, as the Panthers jumped on top 15-8.
The Nighthawks ended the Panthers run when Porter went deep to make it 15-11 at the end of the first frame.
During the final three quarters, NOVA could not find its stroke as the Nighthawks were just 8-of-34 from the floor. Three of the eight made shots were made from beyond the three-point arc, as Montgomery hit one and Porter connected twice from outside.