Mitchell Northam | NCAA.com | February 7, 2019 Lamar's Chastadie Barrs is the best women’s basketball player nobody is talking about Lamar Athletics Chastadie Barrs is chasing records for Lamar. She also has the Lady Cardinals undefeated so far in Southland Conference play. Share Here’s a per-game average stat line to consider: 15 points, 6.9 rebounds, six assists and 5.9 steals. With one glance at those numbers, many would quickly recognize that person to be one of the most versatile players in all of women’s college basketball. But because she doesn’t play at UConn, Notre Dame, Baylor, Louisville or another one of the sport’s typical powers, she has flown under the radar on her quest to rewrite the sport’s history books. Her name is Chastadie Barrs. She is a senior guard at Lamar University, a school in Beaumont, Texas, which competes in the Southland Conference. She is sixth in the Southland in scoring, sixth in rebounds, first in assists and first in steals. She also leads the country in steals and is 12th in assists per-game. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Unusual path for Baylor's Chloe Jackson | Grambling's Shakyla Hill makes history Lamar is first in the Southland standings this season with a 17-4 overall record and a 10-0 undefeated mark in conference play. Barrs is a big reason why the Lady Cardinals are on track to make their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2010. Simply put: Barrs is the best women’s college basketball player that few are talking about. But when her career is said and done, her name will be etched the record books. Barrs’ Accomplishments • In 2018, tied Florida A&M’s Natalie White for the NCAA single-season steals record with 191 • 12 steals vs. New Orleans on Jan. 9 is the most by any player in a single game this season • Nine career triple-doubles • Three-time Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year • Named to the 2019 watchlist for the Nancy Lieberman Award RANKINGS: AP Top 25 | USA Today Coaches Poll | RPI Ranking Barrs is already third all-time in career steals with 580 after swiping the ball away five times in a 63-60 win against Abilene Christian on Wednesday. She trails only Old Dominion’s Ticha Penicheiro and first-place holder Natalie White of Florida A&M for the Division I record. Barrs already owns the Lamar and Southland record for career steals. It’s feasible that Barrs could break that all-time steals record. Lamar has eight regular season games remaining, plus a few more potentially in the postseason. If she averages five swipes per-game over the rest of the regular season, she’d be sitting at 620, just five away from owning the record. NCAA Division I Women’s College Basketball | Career Steals Rank Years Player School Steals 1 1991-95 Natalie White Florida A&M 624 2 1994-98 Ticha Penicheiro Old Dominion 591 3 2015-19 Chastadie Barrs Lamar 580 4 1990-94 Heidi Caruso Lafayette 532 5 2005-09 Angel McCoughtry Louisville 481 *The NCAA began tracking steals as an official stat in the 1987-88 season. Even if Barrs misses the mark, it’s likely that she’ll be named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the fourth straight season. The 5-foot-8 native of DeSoto, Texas, also joined the great Penicheiro in an exclusive two-member club earlier this season. On Dec. 17, in a win over Howard Payne, Barrs joined her as the only two players in the history of women’s Division I college basketball to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, and 500 steals in a career. Barrs’ career has been the epitome of versatility and it seems that athletic ability runs in her family. Her mother played basketball at North Texas, her father played football at Memphis and her brother played football at Wisconsin. Congrats to Chastadie!! 👏🏼👏🏼 And thank you @hoopfeed for telling me something (about myself) I didn’t even know!! 😆🤦🏽♀️ https://t.co/kLj3ZW6l6q— Ticha Penicheiro (@TichaPenicheiro) January 3, 2019 NATIONAL STATS: Individual and team leaders in the 2018-19 season GAME DAY MOOD‼️ Lamar vs Sam Houston @3:00pm. #CardinalNation #WeAreLU pic.twitter.com/G5FWcVgsQs— Lamar Women's Hoops (@LamarWBB) January 26, 2019 As a junior, Barrs set Lamar’s school record for career triple-doubles when she notched her fourth. Barrs has since registered five more triple-doubles as a senior, giving her nine for her career thus far. Barrs also needs just 13 assists to get to 654, putting her past Ramona Jones for Lamar’s school record for career assists. She’s also 11th all-time in rebounds for the Lady Cardinals. Chastadie Barrs | Career Stats Year Games FG% 3PT% FT% Rebounds Assists Steals Points Per-Game 15-16 31 33.3 28.9 59.4 5.9 3.9 3.96 10.3 16-17 30 35.7 57.1 64.9 5.9 6.4 4.73 8.9 17-18 30 35.9 22.8 62.3 5.5 6.63 6.36 12.1 18-19 21 38.8 34.4 65.3 6.9 6.04 5.9 15 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: UConn's spot in the AP poll is one they haven't been in since 2007 The Swiss-army knife skillset of Barrs has helped Lamar reach new heights this season. They have won 24 straight Southland Conference games and the Lady Cardinals haven’t fallen in their home at the Montagne Center since Feb. 24, 2016. Lamar also ranks first in all of women’s Division I college basketball in turnover margin (+10.95), steals per game (15.7), turnovers forced (25.85) and steals (313). Armed with Barrs and a stout defense, if Lamar wins the Southland Conference tournament and gets into the Big Dance, they could sneak up on a high-seeded team and play the role of Bracket-Buster. And that’ll be just another highlight in Barrs’ historic career. Tonight on #409Sports I sit down with @LamarWBB Chastadie Barrs to talk about her chase to steal #625 in her career. When she accomplishes that feat she'll be an NCAA record holder! @LamarAthletics @12NewsNow @dejoniquetv pic.twitter.com/myYLADEitW— Lance Edwards (@LanceEdwardsHTX) January 21, 2019 Mitchell Northam is a graduate of Salisbury University. His work has been featured at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Orlando Sentinel, SB Nation, FanSided, USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times. He grew up on Maryland's Eastern Shore and is now based in Durham, N.C.