As expected Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Stanford all earned No. 1 seeds.
"To think that the rest of the field is going to catch up to Baylor or Notre Dame or the top four or five teams in the country this year is probably unrealistic," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "But I think all those teams [seeded] between five and 12 are way better than they have ever been."
Having played on Hawk Hill in the late 1980s and early 1990s, St. Joseph's coach Cindy Griffin is one of just eight women's coaches to play and coach at their alma maters in the NCAA field.
"We're a tough team - we're going to get ready for Vanderbilt, and anything can happen," Griffin said.
Griffin was once an assistant when Jim Foster was at Vanderbilt. Auriemma started out as an assistant to Foster at St. Joseph's.
"The Hawks are everywhere. That's part of women's basketball," Griffin said.
Veteran Villanova coach Harry Perretta will go against a familiar foe in Michigan's first-year coach, Kim Barnes Arico, who previously coached at St. John's.
Perretta was not with his team Monday night. He was serving as a presenter for Bob Heller, the University of the Sciences assistant athletic director, who was inducted into the Philadelphia Area Small College Coaches Hall of Fame.
"I watched the beginning of the telecast outside the banquet room because the event hadn't started yet, and I saw our name come up right away," Perretta said.
"I'm just happy to be in."
Delaware (30-3) with senior sensation Elena Delle Donne, will return to the NCAA tourney as the Colonial Athletic Association champion.
The Blue Hens, seeded sixth in the Bridgeport Regional, will face West Virginia (17-13) Sunday at 12:15 p.m. in Newark, Del.
Penn State (25-5), the regular-season Big Ten champion, is seeded third in the Spokane Regional. Germantown Academy product Maggie Lucas and the Nittany Lions will play Cal Poly (21-10) on Sunday at 5:10 p.m. in Baton Rouge, La.
Princeton (22-6) will play Florida State (22-9) Sunday at 5:10 p.m. in Waco, Texas. The Tigers are in the Oklahoma City Regional.
Paths for Drexel, Penn. Drexel (22-10) will host Iona (20-12) in the Women's NIT on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Penn (16-12) will host Howard (20-11) in the Women's Basketball Invitation on Thursday at 7 p.m.