ANNANDALE – Natasha Porter scored a game-high 14 points for the Northern Virginia Community College women's basketball team, while Ciarra Owen finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds to push the Nighthawks to a 58-32 victory over Thomas Nelson Thursday evening.
NOVA goes to 3-10 on the season and returns to the floor Monday against Region 20 rival Howard inside Ernst Gymnasium.
The Nighthawks were in a six point hole to start the game, but a Nahdeyah Quarles bucket midway through the opening quarter jumped started NOVA's offense. The Quarles layup sparked an 11-2 run to close the period.
The run continued into the second frame, as another Quarles layup pushed the Nighthawks advantage to 18-10. During the swing, the Gators were held scoreless nearly eight minutes and were forced into nine turnovers
Late in the second stanza, TNC got the NOVA lead down to four (18-14), but over the final four minutes the Nighthawks outscored the Gators 8-4.
During early second half play, Owen scored on a jumper in the paint to make it 38-20, which was the Nighthawks largest lead to that point. With 18 seconds left in the third period, Owen again scored on a midrange jumper to make it a 19 point advantage for NOVA.
Porter then gave the Nighthawks their first 20 point lead of the game early in the fourth, and with 2:45 left Owen put NOVA up 26 (56-30).
In the second half, the Nighthawks outpaced the Gators 32-14, while holding TNC to 5-of-28 shooting. NOVA nearly doubled up the Gators on the glass, as the Nighthawks held the rebound advantage 30-19.