BOONE, NC – The Old Dominion women’s basketball team scored the first 12 points of the game, shot 87.5 percent in the first quarter and won 85:49 in Appalachian State on Saturday to extend their winning streak to seven games. The Monarchs (9-2) made their last 11 attempts to shoot of the opening period.
“I’m very happy that we were able to play so well,” said head coach DeLisha Milton-Jones said. âThe most important thing for us is our way of thinking. We had to be confident in our attack. We were able to find open riflemen and they knocked them down today. When you add that up, you get a great win like this. ”
ODU’s 14-out-of-16 shooting performance in the first was the best in a quarter since a 9-out-of-10 (.900) attempt in the fourth quarter of its 89-77 road disruption in Auburn on November 14, 2019.
The Monarchs were leading by 32:10 after the first quarter and were strong both defensively and offensively. Appalachian State (6-6) made seven sales in the first quarter and shot below 30 percent.
ODU cooled off in the second quarter and shot 40 percent to take the break at 49:24. After the first 20 minutes, the Monarchs shot 20-out-of-31 out of the ground, including 4-out of-7 from the depths. The Mountaineers only made 10 of their 30 attempts from the ground in the first half and were 1 in 9 out of 3-point range.
App State opened the third quarter with a 9-3 run and reduced the deficit to 52:33. Iggy Allen answered with a 3-pointer, Ajah Wayne a three-pointer of their own the next time they had the ball, and the Monarchs took the lead with a 14-1 run 66:34, with 2:14 to go in the quarter. Old Dominion bet on two more buckets as the third ended to take a 70-37 lead in the final third.
“It’s all about confidence,” said Allen. “I spend a lot of time in the gym and my teammates find me for these recordings. It’s not all me. My teammates are too.”
“How are you going to stop them when they are working together? It’s easy to stop them when they are working for themselves, but when they are working for each other it’s a tough deal,” said Milton-Jones.
With the score already in place, App State scored 10 points in the fourth quarter with no response and kept the Monarchs goalless for nearly four minutes. ODU finished the game 6-0 in the last 52 seconds to get the final lead.
Old Dominion concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule with a lunchtime game at the Temple on Wednesday.
“We’re just going to keep climbing the mountain and getting better,” said Allen.
ODU leads its winning streak to seven games, its longest under head coach DeLisha Milton-Jones. During this stretch, the Monarchs outperformed their opponents by 22.9 points per game, averaging 69.4 per competition with 44.6 percent shooting. Defensively, the Monarchs hold their opponents at .327 shots and force 24 turnovers per game.
The Monarchs received 20-point games from both Allen (23) and Wayne (21). Allen hit a season high when he shot 10 of 15 with eight rebounds. Wayne made seven of her twelve attempts from the field and got away with three steals. The Monarch duo combined six of their eight attempts from the 3-point range.
Old Dominion shot a season high of 54.7 percent out of the field against App State.
ODU shot 8-of-14 (.571) from 3-point distance against the Mountaineers and set season highs at Treys and 3-point shot percentage. The Monarchs hadn’t made at least half of their attempts from the deep since an 8-of-16 appearance at Marshall on February 5, 2021.
The Monarchs flipped the Mountaineers 24 times and received 15 steals, their fifth game with 15 or more steals that season. Joy Campbell reached her career high with five steals. Ajah Wayne (three), Kaye Clark (two) and Aziah Hudson (two) also had multiple thefts.
Old Dominion provided 17 assists, one of them off-season, and six Monarchs had multiple assists. Aziah Hudson and Amari Young each with three assists season highs.
Brianna Jackson set season highs of 10 points and eight rebounds in 5-of-7 shooting with a pair of blocked shots.