The University of Maryland women's basketball team (19.2) goes after the No. 1 seeding in Region IB of the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (EAIAW) basketball Tournament when it meets Immaculata of Pennysylvania (10-8) at 5:45 p.m. today at Cole Field House.

"Either team, in order to win, will have to play a superb game," said Maryland Coach Chris Weller. "If we win, we'll be seeded No.1 in the regional tournament. It's a very important game against our top regional opponent."

Weller wants the No. 1 seeding because the Terrapins would then have the home-court advantage for the first round. March 3 and 4.

Maryland, which lost to the Mighty Macs, 73-67, in the regional final last year, is ranked sixth in the nation.

Immaculata, a three-time national champion (1972-1974), is unranked this season after dropping games to such powers as No. 3 and defending national champion Delta State. No. 11 Old Dominion and No. 10 Montclair State.

Both Maryland and Immaculata are coming off tough regional contests Thursday night. The Macs lost to St. Joseph's 83-62, while Maryland slipped by Slippery Rock. 74-63.

Leading the Immaculata offense will be 6-4 center Sandy Miller, who scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in less than 20 minutes to play Thursday. It was her first action after missing four contests with a sprained ankle.

The Macs will also start 6-1 forward Denise Burdick, who finished the St. Joseph's game with 26 points and 16 rebounds.