Auburn women's coach Joe Ciampi couldn't have planned it any better. In one game played last Saturday, the seventh-ranked Lady Tigers set an NCAA women's record with their 63rd consecutive home victory, gave Ciampi his 300th win at Auburn and thrashed archrival Alabama 77-48. "It was a great coincidence," said Ciampi afterward. "There was a lot of pressure on our players, and they did a great job of handling it."
The Lady Tigers, 18-3 after the Alabama victory, are tough to beat anywhere—they have reached the NCAA championship game in each of the past three years, though they have never won it—but one reason Auburn is especially tough at home is the crowd at Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, which includes the Baseline Bullies. The Bullies, however, aren't your typically vocal student section. They're faculty members. "They help out the officials, and they've been known to have a few suggestions for me, too," says Ciampi. "If I don't hear them during the game, I hear from them on the phone later."
After Saturday's win, Ciampi's phone should be quiet for a while.
Hamilton College, 15-0 and ranked No. 1 in Division III at week's end, won't get a chance to play for the NCAA Division III championship. Hamilton is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference, which bars its 10 teams from participating in postseason play so that their athletes won't miss too much class time....
Everett Foxx, a 6'2" junior guard for Division III Ferrum (Va.) College, made over 60% of his three-point attempts (29 of 48) during a recent four-game hot streak, but he should have tried backing up a bit on his foul shots. He made only 55% (10 of 18) from the free throw line.