Story and photo courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- After receiving votes towards a national ranking for the past eight consecutive weeks, the Princeton women's basketball team finally moved into the national top 25 Monday. In the Week 18 AP Top 25 Poll, the Tigers are ranked No. 24 in the nation. Princeton earns a national ranking for the first time in program history and is the only Ivy League women's team to ever be ranked.
"It is an unbelievable feeling. The kids just went about and did their work and took care of business week after week on the floor. Getting ranked, I think it shows the potential and growth of the Ivy League. It also shows that the committees are really thinking outside the box and are looking at body of work outside of conference affiliation," said head coach Courtney Banghart.
Princeton (24-4 overall) is heading to its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after posting its second perfect 14-0 Ivy League season in three years. The Tigers, who won their third consecutive outright conference title for the first time in program history, enter postseason play riding a 17-game winning streak.
In addition to receiving votes in the AP Top 25 Poll 10 times this season, Princeton also received votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll 10 times. This week the Tigers received 14 votes in the Coaches Poll.
"Ranking doesn't make you any better or worse than you were on the floor, but it certainly shows you have some national recognition, which we've worked really hard to earn. This team is all about making history and obviously they've been able to do it," concluded Banghart.
Banghart, who's in her fifth season at the helm of the program, and the Tigers now await the NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Show to find out their seeding, opponent and bracket in this year's tournament. The show begins at 7 p.m. on ESPN.