Simply being in the same room with Purdue's coaches and players Monday night, you could feel it.
Yes, Sharon Versyp and her team figured they had a resume that was NCAA tournament worthy. But as the first three regions were unveiled and Purdue wasn't included, the tension was mounting.
It was mostly quiet, save for a few "ooohs" when a 7-10 or 8-9 pairing popped up on ESPN without the Boilermakers included.
But, finally, in the last region, after watching top-seeded Connecticut draw America East Hartford, Purdue found out its fate.
The Boilermakers (20-11) are the No. 9 seed and will play No. 8 seed Kansas State (21-10) at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in Storrs, Conn.
As soon as Purdue's name popped up, the group gathered at Kissel Center in Ross-Ade Stadium erupted. (Check out the video to see it.)
"I was like, 'YES! That's us!" said forward Drey Mingo.
Unlike the men's NCAA tournament selection, which is based on an "S curve" that seeds the teams from 1-68, the women's committee puts an emphasis on travel distance.
Many of the schools projected to make the tournament also were hosting first- and second-round games.
Only a few sites, though, are close to Purdue.
So that raised the nerve level, too.
"You get through the first couple (brackets), they think we're going 7-10 in Cincinnati, ooop, we don't get in that one. OK, what's next?" junior Brittany Rayburn said. "You keep going through the brackets. We were projected in a bunch of mock brackets (seeds) 7-10, so you can be a 7, 8, 9, 10, so you don't know where you're going to be. Maybe you get a 6 or an 11. All of us were sitting on the edge of our seat going, 'Where are we? Where are we?' It was definitely nerve-wracking.
"But once our name popped up, you could see a big relief off everybody."