BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Assistant coach Milena Flores is hoping Princeton can become just the second Ivy League team to win an NCAA tournament game when the Tigers face Kansas State on Saturday.
She didn't enjoy the first Ivy win, a 71-67 victory by 16th-seed Harvard over top-seed Stanford in 1998. Flores was the Cardinal's point guard.
"I remember it quite often, whenever we play there, because there's a big display case about that game at Lavietes Pavilion," she said. "For us it was incredibly disappointing, but for the Ivy League it was a great win and hopefully we can add to that history."
Princeton comes into its third consecutive NCAA tournament at 24-4, on a 17-game winning streak and as the No. 9 seed in the Kingston Regional.
Flores said the seeding shows just how much more respect the league has earned, in part because of that Harvard win.
A win she said, might also mean she won't have to hear about the loss to Harvard quite as often.
"I don't think it's ever going to go away," she said. "But that's all right. Harvard earned that win. I just want to be part of the next team to earn a win for the league in the NCAA tournament."
PROGRAM BUILDING: Gail Goestenkors' teams at Duke routinely went deep into the NCAA tournament. They played in the Elite Eight seven times, the Final Four four times, and the title game in 1999 and 2006.
Getting the program at Texas to that level hasn't proven easy.
Since winning a first-round game in her first season with the Longhorns, Texas has lost four straight games in the tournament and will play as a No. 9 seed Saturday against West Virginia.
"We're still in the process of building this program, and the next step for us is to go further in the tournament. I know these players are ready to do that," she said.
Texas missed the tournament two seasons in a row before Goestenkors arrived. The Longhorns are 5-21 in games against teams in the top 10 the past five seasons, and just 18-40 against Top 25 teams.
FLYING HIGH: Soon after her career as a college basketball player ends, Navy senior Erin Edwards will be stepping into her dream job.
It has nothing to do with playing in the WNBA.
Edwards will be going to flight school in August. The 5-foot-7 guard learned of her assignment in October, when she anxiously opened an envelope that detailed the next step of her military obligation.
"I wanted to be a pilot, so I was very worried that I would open my envelope and see something different," she said Friday. "But I was very happy to see wings on the envelope."
First things first. As the only senior on the team, Edwards will lead the 15th-seeded Midshipmen against Maryland on Saturday. Even if that turns out to be her last game, she will have plenty of time left at Navy -- two years of flight school and a five-year military commitment.
"Definitely, it's something I look forward to," Edwards said. "I'm super excited, as much as any athlete who gets to go on with their career in athletics."
STRINGER ON STOCKTON: Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer had nothing but good things to say about facing Gonzaga on its home floor to open the NCAA women's basketball tournament. The sixth-seeded Scarlet Knights play 11th-seed Gonzaga on Saturday.
One reason is that famous Gonzaga alumnus John Stockton is one of her heroes.
"He's the best point guard there ever was, and the most humble, beautiful person I know," said Stringer, who was inducted with Stockton into the Naismith Hall of Fame a few years ago. "They don't get any better than him."
The two are not likely to meet up in Spokane because Stockton is attending the Gonzaga men's game against Ohio State in Pittsburgh on Saturday. His son David is a guard for the Gonzaga.
KENTUCKY VOLUNTEERS: Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell is getting some help from some Volunteers during the NCAA tournament.
Matthew's associate head coach is Kyra Elzy, a Kentucky native who played on two national championship teams at Tennessee and one national runner-up. Another assistant, Shalon Pillow, played in two Final Fours with the Lady Vols, who were 124-5 during her career.
"Just having people to look up to on our coaching staff who have been there, they know what they're talking about," senior guard Keyla Snowden said. "When they tell us something, we know we can count on their word because they've been in our shoes before. It just helps out a lot having people we can look up to."
Kentucky, the No. 2 seed in the Kingston Regional, plays 15th-seeded McNeese State in a first-round game in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.
Associated Press Sports writers Dave Ginsburg, Nick Geranios and Hank Kurz and AP freelancer Chuck Schoffner contributed to this report.