Cowles picks up third verbal in 2011 class

Cole Claybourn

WKU Head Coach Mary Taylor Cowles has landed her third commitment for the 2011 class.

Argyle (Texas) Liberty Christian School coach Ken Burroughs confirmed to the Herald on Thursday that Summer Fife committed to WKU this past weekend and plans to sign in November.

Fife, a 5-11 forward, will be one of four Lady Toppers to hail from Texas on next season’s roster, joining juniors Vanessa Obafemi, Jasmine Johnson and Teranie Thomas.

The Bowling Green Daily News first reported Fife’s commitment.

“She loved the campus and the coaches,” Burroughs said. “She’s very excited about opportunity to play and go to school there. We’re very proud of her.”

Burroughs said Southern Mississippi and Loyola (New Orleans) were also on Fife’s short list.

He said Fife’s decision wasn’t quite spur of the moment, but added that it didn’t require a lot of thought either.

“It just kind of came up (after her visit),” he said. “She just really liked her visit. She’s kind of been unnoticed, surprisingly, but WKU noticed her.”

Fife averaged 16 points per game last season as a junior, highlighted by a 35-point performance in a losing effort in the state finals.

Burroughs characterized Fife as a hard-nosed player who’s developing a complete skill set.

“She’ll defend well and go after a loose ball,” he said. “She runs the floor well, and she’s really worked on other aspects of her game besides shooting. That’s what has moved her up in to the next level.

“She’s put in lots of hours, worked very hard, and now she’s being rewarded.”

Fife joins Franklin-Simpson’s Chastity Gooch and Pulaski Southwestern guard Danay Fothergill in the 2011 class.

WKU cannot comment on Fife until she has signed a Letter of Intent. The NCAA’s Early Signing Period begins in Novemeber.