Life is good right now for San Diego coach Cindy Fisher. Her team is unbeaten and ranked for the first time in school history.
Throw in that it's 75 degrees and sunny virtually every day that she steps out of her door and Fisher joked that things couldn't get too much better.
"It really is great right now," Fisher said in a phone interview. "I'm so happy for this team that the hard work has paid off. To actually get them to see what they've been working for in a ranking is great. It's a feeling of accomplishment that they are very excited about."
The Toreros (15-0) entered the poll Monday at No. 24. They are one of five unbeaten teams left in the country, joining UConn, Notre Dame, Iowa State and Indiana.
It's hard to blame Fisher for being excited. There has been little basketball tradition at San Diego for either the men's or women's programs. The women have only made the NCAAs three times — the last coming in 2008 — and have never made it out of the first round. The men also made it to the tournament that season and have never been ranked.
"This will help recruiting and it's nice for this group to get some recognition," Fisher said. "It helps to reconfirm what they've been doing every day."
The Toreros are led by Amy Kame. The senior guard had 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a win over Saint Mary's and then followed it up with a 28-point, 11-rebound effort against Pacific.
"Amy is one of the most underrated players in the country," Fisher said of her captain. "Anytime you have her on the floor good things are going to happen. She leads the way for us every day."
With 15 victories, Fisher's team already has more wins than San Diego earned in 23 of its seasons.