NORFOLK, Va. -- After suffering a tough loss to then-13th-ranked Southern California on Saturday, the Maryland women's basketball team knew it had to focus against Old Dominion last night.
Despite a slow start, No. 23 Maryland opened up the second half looking true to its nationally ranked form and beat Old Dominion, 77-61.
"Everyone said I was being kind of nervous about this game," Maryland coach Chris Weller said after dropping the Lady Monarchs to 2-3. "We're a big game on people's schedules this year even though some people think this is a rebuilding year for us."
Maryland (4-1) got a lift from forward Michele Andrew, who scored 21 points along with forward Bonnie Rimkus.
Andrew scored most of her points in the second half, but was a big factor in the first half when Rimkus sat down with her second foul at 12:11. Andrew led the Terps with six rebounds and nine points in the first half, preserving Maryland's lead and dominance on the boards.
"I think Michele stepped up tonight," Weller said. "She rebounded well and created a lot of her shots."
After only leading by seven at the half, Maryland came out strong after the intermission, getting more shots inside from center Monica Adams (14 points) and forward Kesha Camper (12).
Rimkus, the Terps' leading scorer and rebounder who only played nine minutes in the first half, scored 14 of her 21 points and grabbed all seven of her rebounds in the second half.
Maryland pulled away with a 10-4 spurt midway in the second half, going up 53-42 on Andrew's baseline jumper with 9:44 left.
Andrew scored six of Maryland's next eight points to put the Terps ahead 61-42.
"I thought in the first half we did a good job," Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry said. "But we didn't get the job done on the boards [43-32]."
All-America candidate Celeste Hill led the Lady Monarchs with 17 points and 11 rebounds.