Nighthawks survive late Riverhawks push

Nighthawks survive late Riverhawks push

ANNANDALE – Three members of the Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team hit double figures, as the Nighthawks were a 63-60 winner over Anne Arundel Thursday evening in Ernst Gymnasium.

NOVA moves back to .500 at 9-9 and loos to move back over the break-even mark Friday, Feb. 9 at Allegany.

Four seconds into the contest, the Riverhawks drained one of their five three's on the evening, but the Nighthawks were able to quickly regroup and tied the game at five after Jalita Montgomery scored two of her game-high 22 points.

Over the next seven minutes, the game was tied five times, as neither squad could build a lead larger than three. After AACC went up by four late in the opening quarter, Theresa Sherrill went up strong and brought the game back to one possession.

Midway through the second stanza, Natasha Porter scored from deep to give NOVA its largest advantage of the night at that point 30-26. The Riverhawks, however, finished the half on a 7-0 to take a 33-30 lead into the locker room.

The beginning of the second half was not any different than the first, as the teams were knotted for the 12th time of the day with 3:41 left in the third quarter. After Tiya Anderson tied the game for a 13th time, she then gave NOVA a 48-46 advantage, but AACC went right back down tied the game once more to close the third period tied at 48 all.

In fourth quarter action, the Nighthawks went on a 9-3 swing and led 59-51 following an Anderson steal and a Porter bucket. The Riverhawks then responded with a 7-1 run and got back within a bucket (60-58) with 1:42 remaining.

On the next trip down the floor, Porter gave the Nighthawks the insurance basket as she drained her fourth three of the evening. NOVA was then able to hang on for the three-point victory after forcing AACC into a bad shot in waning moments.