COLUMBIA — Ashley Fisher averages almost 11 points and six rebounds per game for the Columbia College women's basketball team, but that's hardly all the 21-year-old does.
Fisher owns her own disc jockey company. And she was on the golf team last season. And she graduated in 2 1/2 years.
The do-it-all player, who's a junior athletically but a graduate student academically, has developed into a leader for her school, despite starting just half the team's games.
"That's a pretty good person to have in a leadership role," Cougars coach Mike Davis said.
A double-major in marketing and management, Fisher promotes her DJ'ing company, Sweet Beats Entertainment, which includes gigs at weddings and high school dances. She began DJ'ing five years ago when she filled in at her former middle school because it needed someone to play for its Homecoming dance.
Fisher came to Columbia College with 15 credit hours earned through Advanced Placement classes. Originally, she triple-majored in accounting, marketing and management, but she eventually decided to drop accounting.
"My parents are accountants, so I decided to go that track, but it wasn't for me," Fisher said. "Marketing really is my true passion."
And apparently Fisher is always networking.
"We'll be on the bus going to games, and she'll be on the phone with clients setting up wedding gigs," Cougars point guard Tierney Seifert said.
On the court, Fisher is a solid scorer, rebounder, and, predictably, a hard worker. She's also an example Davis uses to emphasize the ability to juggle everything in life.
"At times, I think her body gets worn down from being busy," Davis said. "We tell her all the time that you have to sometimes say no to some things."
But Fisher doesn't have a pause button.
"I can't turn down an opportunity," she said. "Last year I was asked to be an assistant coach for my former high school basketball team. I took that on while playing golf and taking 18 hours."
She did have to turn down golf this year because it was too much work for her already busy schedule, she said.
Taking online classes for her graduate schooling, playing basketball and owning and managing a business is busy enough. And Fisher tries to maintain something of a social life. Her friends understand that she is extremely busy, and they don't get upset when she can't hang out.
"I've explained to them all from the very beginning how busy I am," Fisher said. "It's not that I'm ignoring them, it's just that I have an extremely busy lifestyle, and they fully understand that and are very supportive."
After she finishes her Master's in Business Administration in May 2015, Fisher wants to find a job in marketing or event planning.
But only after a busy 15 months — on and off the court.
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