The University of Maryland women's basketball team would like to visit Disneyland the weekend of March 24-25.
The trip to Los Angeles will be made by the final four teams competing for the national title of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.
The fourth-ranked Terrapins (21-2) are not yet meeting with their travel agent, but they are confident going into postseason action tonight at Cole Field House. Maryland faces Pennsylvania (10-12) in a first-round game of the Eastern Regional Satellite AIAW Tournament at 8.
Howard (13-9) takes on Rutgers (15-10) in the opener at 5:30.
The winners will play Saturday at 9 for the right to advance to the Eastern Region finals at West Chester (Pa.) State, March 10-11. The winner and runner-up in that tourney will be part of a field of 16 that will battle for the final four berths and a trip to the West Coast.
"The girls are a little tired but, overall, we're in very good shape and playing well," said Terp Coach Chris Weller. "Unless we just have a complete collapse. I'm confident we should be around at the end."
Maryland is riding a five-game winning streak, including victories over Immaculata, 113-63, and Rutgers 96-88.
The convincing triumph over Immaculata was especially satisfying to Weller and her talented troop. The Mighty Macs had whipped the Terps five consecutive times, including one humiliating televised defeat, 102-48, three years ago.
"It was nice to break the jinx," said Weller, "and it was satisfying to beat them since they humiliated us."
Maryland cannot be faulted for looking past Penn, Howard and Rutgers.
Penn's tallest players are 5-foot-10 greshman Carol Kuna (17 points and 13 rebounds per game) and Sue Ray (6.3 points and 7.4 rebounds). As a team Penn is shooting a woeful 33 percent from the floor and 54 percent from the free throw line, averaging 66 points per game.
The Terps trounced Howard, 105-49, in their second game of the season. Maryland also defeated Rutgers, 96-88, Tuesday night for their 21st victory, the most for a Maryland women's team.
Maryland probably runs the fast break as well as any team in the nation. Floor leader and point guard Tara Heiss has handed off 31 assists in the last two games. She is also the team's leading scorer with a 13.8 average.
Freshman center Chris Kirchner (6-3) averages 12.9 points and leads the Terps in rebounding with an average of 10. Jane Zivalich, a 5-10 forward, and freshman guard Betsy Bailey carry 12.6 and 12.5 averages, respectively.
Maryland possesses great depth. Debbie Stewart and Doreen Lefeged are among the reserves who have started or played major roles in Terrapin games this year.
"I don't have five starters; I have seven," said Weller."It depends on the matchups. I tell them it's not important who starts, but who's out there at the finish.
"Our bench has been very supportive. Everybody likes to play and the starters would feel bad if they thought the girls on the beach were not behind them."
Maryland, shooting 51 percent from the field and 68 percent from the foul line, is averaging 90.7 points and has limited opponents to 66.3. The Terps are outrebounding their opponents by 13 and have twice the number of steals and assists.
Howard, looking forward to a possible rematch with Maryland, will first be tested by Rutgers. Like Howard, the Scarlet Knights are a run-shoot outfit that depends on its tall front line. Kathy Glutz, who scored 27 against Maryland, is Rutger's leading scorer with a 16.0 average.
Howard has won three straight and nine of its last 11.
Julie Murphy (14.2), Deborah Davis (10.6) and senior Winsome (Skinny) Davidson (10.3) are the leading Bison players.