NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
In just two and a half seasons, Cal State Northridge women's basketball junior Ashlee Guay is set to write her name into the Matador record books as quickly and efficiently as any player in program history.
A guard from San Diego, Calif., Guay enters Big West Conference play needing just two steals to set a new program record with 214 for her career. At an average of 2.8 per game and with three seven-steal performances to her credit, including the first game of her NCAA career, Guay has been a defensive menace for opponents.
Having amassed 90+ steals in each of her first two seasons, the top two marks in program history, Guay attributes her defensive prowess to her mindset and work rate.
"I think being active all the time, both on and off the ball, and paying attention to all aspects of the game has helped me succeed on defense," Guay said. "A lot of it also comes down to team effort. Many of my steals come from my teammates making plays, getting tips or deflections."
But steals are not the only category where Guay is poised to rewrite the CSUN record books.She enters Big West play needing 33 assists to set a new school record in that category as well. Finally, she sits 110 points short of 1,000 for her career with he 16-game league schedule still ahead.
The daughter of a head coach, Guay is not bashful in calling it one of the greatest experiences of her life. And the fact that both mom and dad have a constat presence in the stands only enriches the experience for Guay.
"Having my dad as a head coach created such a strong bond between us because I grew to understand him so well," Guay explained. "It wasn't perfect and we fought, but I wouldn't change it for anything. Having my mom and dad in the stands is the most rewarding feeling because I play college basketball for them. It's me repaying them for all they've done for me."
Surprisingly, Guay was not heavily recruited out of high school. All that did was serve to further motivate her.
"Coming in like that, I think anyone would be pushed to work their hardest," Guay added. "That was my mentality and I was determined to do my best. I have achieved a lot, but there is always room to improve."
This season she is enjoying her most prolific campaign yet. She is second on the team in scoring and posted a career-high 11 field goals at Montana State. She is also averaging 4.9 rebounds per game and is second on the team at 3.9 assists per contest. Guay ranks among the Big West's leaders in multiple categories, including but not limited to, field goal percentage, assists, points, 3-pointers per game and assist-to-turnover ratio.
CSUN head coach Jason Flowers, himself a former point guard at UCLA, has witnessed Guay's maturation and development first-hand, so he is hardly surprised.
"It is quite an accomplishment to break the career steals record in just under two and a half years, but not a surprise to anyone who gets to witness Ashlee's daily work ethic," Flowers said. "Ashlee is a special young woman who has humbly helped change our program since stepping foot on campus."
And still, when it comes to the stats and the career records, Guay is as quick to dish off the praise to her teammates as she is a bounce pass.
"I never really think about numbers or statistics. I just want to go out there and give my all for my team," Guay finished. "We have the talent to be successful and our capable of doing so. We just need to go out there and be consistent for an entire game."