Maryland, using its height to full advantage, jumped to a 16-2 lead in the first five minutes and went on to defeat Howard University, 90-70, in a women's basketball game last night at Burr Gymnasium.

Bonnie Rimkus, a 6-foot-4 freshman center who came into the game averaging 11.3 points, surpassed her average in the first 15 minutes and finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 25 Terrapins improved to 5-3.

The victory kept Maryland unbeaten in 15 meetings with Howard (2-4), which in 1988 became the only Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women's basketball team to defeat an ACC team (North Carolina State). The Bison have never come closer than 10 points against the Terrapins.

Jessie Hicks and Aluma Goren had 17 points each for the Terrapins. Goren, a freshman point guard from Israel, started in place of senior guard Carla Holmes, who earlier in the day was indefinitely suspended by Maryland Coach Chris Weller.

Weller would not characterize the reason for the suspension, other than to say it "wasn't the first time" Holmes was suspended.

Three Howard starters arrived at Burr minutes before the game's start because they were taking final exams. After the slow start, the Bison battled back on several occasions. They were down by 19 points, 72-53, with 11:28 remaining, but cut the deficit to 10 in the next five minutes. Howard never got closer.

"When you win by 20, you have to be happy," said Weller. "But we are young {no seniors start} and we still have some things to work on. . . . We were trying to go inside tonight . . . but we just couldn't pull away."