NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
In a poll of members of the media, the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team was picked to finish third in the upcoming 2013-14 season. Junior Ashlee Guay was named to the Preseason All-Big West Conference Team after earning All-Big West Second Team honors a year ago.
The Matadors, who finished 16-16 overall and 9-9 in the Big West last year, return four starters and eight letterwinners to the squad. The team also adds several newcomers to the active roster and a pair of transfers who will practice with the team all season.
Those numbers added up to 121 points in the poll, one more than fourth-place Long Beach State and 28 behind second-place Hawai'i. Defending league champion Cal Poly received 17 first-place votes and 177 points overall to earn the top spot.
Guay is coming off a solid season where she led the Matadors in scoring at 13.2 points per game. She also led the Big West Conference in steals for the second-straight season, breaking her own school record with 93 steals last year.
"As a team, I feel we are ready for the upcoming year. We have been working hard and it is nice to see the development we've had since practice started," Guay said. "I just want to help lead my team to victory in every game and have a successful season."
Joining Guay on the league team were Molly Schlemer (Cal Poly), Alex Sanchez (Long Beach State), Kamilah Jackson (Hawai'i), Sydnee Fipps (UC Davis) and Brittany Crain (UC Riverside).
Entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Matadors, Jason Flowers is ready for the season to start.
"Our entire team is excited about competing and earning a final Big West regular season standing," Flowers said. "I am also glad to see Ashlee recognized fo her hard work."
Flowers, Guay and the Matadors start the season with an exhibition on Friday, Nov. 1 against Cal State San Marcos. Tip off is slated for 5 p.m. and the contest will be followed by a CSUN men's basketball exhibition game against Cal State Los Angeles.