Southland women's basketball teams will continue their encounters with the nation's top 10 as both Cal State Long Beach and USC face tough opponents tonight.
The 49ers (3-2) fell two places in this week's poll, to ninth, and will play No. 1-ranked Texas at Austin, a difficult task under any conditions but made worse by the crowd noise in Erwin Center.
The Trojans (2-3) dropped out of the top 10 this week and will play host to No. 8 Ohio State tonight in the Campus Gym at 7:30.
The Buckeyes, unbeaten in five games, are a tall, physical team led by forward Nikita Lowry, who is averaging 19.6 points and 7 rebounds a game.
The Trojans are led by Cherie Nelson, who is averaging 17.4 points and 10.8 rebounds.
Added incentive for USC: Ohio State is the team that knocked USC out of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. tournament last season.