But the nation's only undefeated team was handed a tough path to the Final Four.
"It's going to take a really good team to beat us," Princeton Coach Courtney Banghart said after her team beat Pennsylvania last week to finish the regular season. "And we're going to have to play really well to beat a good team."
The thought of going 30-0 took hold back when Princeton was still playing nonconference games.
"We started to recognize it was a possibility after we beat Michigan," said guard Blake Dietrick, who averages 14.9 points to lead the Tigers. "That was such a monumental win for us, beating a big conference team on their home floor."
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The Tigers will have to prove it on the national stage.
Connecticut (32-1) has lost only to Stanford this season. The Huskies have won eight national titles since 2000.
"The thing about the NCAA tournament, there are only good teams in it," Banghart said. "It's not because your football team is good. It's not because you play against the top 10 teams every week. It's who are the best teams in the country."
This season, the Tigers have beaten two teams that made the NCAA tournament — Pittsburgh and American — and are No. 13 in the Associated Press media poll, the highest ranking ever for an Ivy League team.
"Winning an NCAA tournament game is No. 1 on my list right now," Dietrick said. "Finishing my thesis is probably second."
Ivy League basketball has had a handful of tournament moments in its history, all on the men's side. And all long ago.
Ivy League women's teams have won only one of 22 NCAA tournament games.
Banghart said that winning at least one tournament game "means everything to the league. We know we owe it to the league to show well."