From having to travel 3,000 miles in the early rounds to facing questions over whether it deserved its No. 1 seed, Stanford has answered every challenge.
After a turbulent start to her career at Duke, Shay Selby has come into her own in her final season.
Duke and Stanford will meet for the first time in an NCAA tournament game in Monday's Elite Eight.
Not to be outdone by dunks, Duke or Dawn Staley, Nneka Ogwumike's 39 points put Stanford into the Elite Eight.
Coaches are sometimes reluctant to be completely honest with star players. That, however, was never an issue between Tara VanDerveer and Dawn Staley.
Three of the region's top four seeds will clash in the Sweet 16, where St. John's just might be primed for an upset.
An opponent can push Stanford around for a while, but you have to do a lot to push the Cardinal over in the NCAA tournament.