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NOVA Women's Basketball wins VCCS Championship

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) women’s basketball team won the 2012 Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Championship by defeating Southside Virginia Community College, 48-26. The tournament was held March 2-4 in Chesapeake, Va.

Carlie Zirkle (Vienna, Va.) received the most valuable player honors and was named to the All-Tournament team, along with Halley Cummins (Vienna, Va.) and Yvette Gilliam (Woodbridge, Va.).

During the championship game, Zirkle was the leading scorer with 17 points. Cummins netted 15 points all in the second half to help NOVA pull away from the top-seeded Panthers. Kasee Hilliard (Richmond, Va.) scored 14 points, Hoda Nasseri (Springfield, Va.) added 13, and Gilliam, contributed 11 points as NOVA’s double digit scorers.

“This season was exciting for our basketball program,” said head coach Wayne Vincent. “Our team endured injuries but we stayed together and our student athletes believed they could win the VCCS if we got healthy. As we transition to the NJCAA, we look forward to expanding our program and providing our students the opportunity to participate at the highest level in the classroom and on the court.”  

In Saturday’s semifinal, NOVA defeated Thomas Nelson Community College 92-61. Zirkle led all scorers with 27 points. Cummins connected on six three-point baskets to score 22 points.  Nasseri scored 14 points, Gilliam added 13, and Hilliard with 12 points.

Sunday’s championship will be the final VCCS title for NOVA as the college will now compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) starting in the fall 2012.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.