The Terps got off to another slow start though, finding themselves trailing the Lady Monarchs 22-18 halfway through the first half.
But, after a fast break layup by Anjalé Barrett, Maryland's offense started coming together again. They finished the first half on a 25-8 run, giving them a 13-point halftime lead. On top of that, the Terps shot an astonishing 59% from the field in the first half, including 71% from three-point range.
Maryland stayed hot following the break, going on a 16-3 run in the first four minutes of the second half to open up a 59-33 lead. Diandra Tchatchouang and Lynetta Kizer combined to score all 16 of those points.
Old Dominion was not going to go away quietly though. The Lady Monarchs responded to the Terps with a run of their own, scoring 22 of the game's next 26 points to shrink Maryland's lead to 8 points with just over 10 minutes to play.
The Terrapins were able to stop the bleeding there, however, maintaining a comfortable lead over the Lady Monarchs for the rest of the game. While their defense struggled at times in the second half, Maryland's offense remained strong, leading the way to an 84-67 Terps victory.
That was a thrill of a game, said Maryland head coach Brenda Frese, I'm really proud of the poise and composure we kept in second half. With us coming out with a lead in the second half and the momentum changing, we had trouble with their press. But I was excited to see this team keep its composure in the second half.
There were four Terrapins in double figures for the game. Leading the way was Tchatchouang, who scored 22 points to go along with three rebounds and three assists. Kizer added 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Tianna Hawkins and Barett scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Dara Taylor led the team with nine assists.
For Old Dominion, junior guard Jasmine Parker lead the team with 24 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Mairi Buchan scored 11 points and came down with four rebounds, and Shadasia Green added seven points and five rebounds.
With this victory, Maryland claimed their 39th straight win in the Comcast Center, bringing their season record to 3-0. Their next game, however, will be played outside of the comfortable confines of Comcast, as they will travel to Mississippi State to take on the 3-0 Lady Bulldogs Sunday, November 22 at 3:00.
I have no doubt that Lynetta Kizer will get this team ready for the road game at Mississippi State, said Frese, It's a completely different element, and our mindset has to be ready to play on the road. I'm excited about the SEC competition.