It's time for Chris Weller and the Maryland women's basketball team to ease themselves from their victory cloud and return to the AIAW rat race.

One week after their 79-70 win over Rutgers to capture the team's first EAIAW regional tournament, the Terps will face fifth-ranked Texas tonight at 7:15 at the field house of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

While Maryland has been conscientiously preparing for Texas, the Terps are also in no rush to forget the Rutgers game. "It was the best game we've played all year," said Weller. "There are people who have told me it was the best game a Maryland team has played in the last three years. I don't know about that but we did play incredibly well."

Texas is a team similar in style to Rutgers -- run and gun. Weller and her assistants have been hearing that Texas is just like Rutgers, only faster.

"I've heard they're the fastest team in the nation," said Weller, who attributed the control over Rutgers to constantly rotating defenses. "Even though they're like Rutgers, I'm going into this game feeling apprehensive."

However, with her young team, Weller always seems apprehensive. One thing she need not worry about is the elbow injury to all-American Kris Kirchner, who was cleared to play after x-rays proved negative.

"I'm ready to play Texas," said Kirchner. "They play a man-to-man and nobody can stop me man-to-man. And if they do, Pam (Reaves) and Myra (Waters) will score all they want."