Ohio State at Maryland --Inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge

College Park, Md.-- With head coach Brenda Frese over five months pregnant, the Maryland Athletics Department has titled tonight's game against the Ohio State Buckeyes "The World's Biggest Baby Shower." It encouraged fans to bring a toy or donation, in honor of Frese, to be donated to Toys for Tots.

The biggest gift for Frese, however, will be another victory-- one that would make the No. 3 Terrapins the first team in the nation to reach 10 wins.

Ohio State would like nothing more than to spoil the party.

The Buckeyes come into College Park sitting at 5-1, hungry to make-up for their home loss to Auburn last Sunday. While the Terps have already beaten three ranked teams, the No. 19 Buckeyes are looking for their first big win of the season, and to stay in the rankings.

Jantel Lavender, a 6-foot-4-inch freshman center, has begun her collegiate career how graduated center Jessica Davenport left off. Lavender is second on the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game, and she leads the Buckeyes with 9.3 rebounds a contest.

Tonight though, she will go against a front-line unlike any she has ever played. The Maryland front-court of Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper, is among the best of the nation. Backup forward Jade Perry, who started seven games in Langhorne's absence, will be brought off the bench to guard the big Buckeye center as well.

But it's a pair of guards who lead their teams in scoring and could decide the outcome in this one. For the Terrapins, junior Kristi Toliver (19.4 ppg, 57.4 fg%) has shot lights-out and looks like an All-American early in the season. Senior Marscilla Packer has been no slouch from the field either, scoring almost 18 points a game for Ohio State.

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