The eighth-ranked Maryland women's basketball team, which was off to its best start ever (16-0) before losing two of its last four games, hosts seventh-ranked Old Dominion tonight at Cole Field House at 7:30 before an expected crowd of 3,000. Maryland is 18-2. The Monarchs are 16-4.

Maryland lost to North Carolina State Jan. 29 in its last home game. The Terrapins lost their second Atlantic Coast Conference game to North Carolina Saturday before rebounding Sunday to beat Wake Forest.

Old Dominion lost its last game , 80-66, to Kentucky, in Rupp Arena Saturday before the biggest crowd ever to see a women's college game, 10,622.

Maryland does not start any player over 6 foot 1 and has a huge height disadvantage. ODU, the former two-time defending national champion, has 6-8 Anne Donovan and 6-2 forward Medina Dixon on the front line, both averaging 16 points. In addition, 6-4 Dawn Cullen, averaging six points, comes off the bench.

Maryland will likely sag on Donovan and try to force guards Helen Malone and Regina Miller to shoot from the perimeter.

Maryland may play an up-tempo offense led by guard Marcia Richardson, averaging 16.6 points, and forward Jasmina Perazic (15.4). Donovan and Perazic are reportedly in contention for the Wade Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's top woman player.

Old Dominion has won the last four meetings and has a 4-1 series lead.