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CSUN’s Ashlee Guay, the true contender

Cal State Northridge Coach Jason Flowers commented at the beginning of the season that he and his staff didn’t know how good freshman guard Ashlee Guay was until the first practice. “Sometimes when you recruit,” he said, “you get lucky and hit the jackpot.”

And that was before the San Diego native started breaking records.

Going into tonight’s final regular-season game, Guay has broken the school steals record for a single season with 86 (previous record was 84, from 1998-99). She averages 3.1 steals per game, which is second in the Big West Conference and tied for 18th in the nation.

In the Jan. 19 game against Cal Poly, Guay went seven-for-seven in three-point shooting, which ties her with Seton Hall’s Terry Greer for the best single-game percentage performance in the nation this year, according to Matador assistant media relations director Geoff Herberg.

But records aside, Flowers said what sets Guay apart from other freshmen is her approach to the game.

“She’s a contender, every time she steps on the court,” he said. “She plays hard, she plays to win, and she gives it her all.”

Guay also has a relentless drive to improve.

“She is always trying to get better,” he said.

CSUN is second in the Big West Conference. All-teams will be announced Monday morning, and the Big West tournament begins next week.

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