UPDATE, 8:00 a.m. Tuesday – WKU has confirmed that Fife will leave the women’s basketball program.
Michelle Clark-Heard is out of the office this morning and not immediately available for comment, but we’ll likely meet with her again in the coming days.
Western Kentucky rising sophomore guard Summer Fife tweeted Monday night that she won’t return to the Lady Toppers next season.
“I guess this is the best time to say that I am not coming back to WKU next year..better hearing it from me than someone else.
#prayforme,” Fife tweeted from her personal Twitter account (@summaaaaa12).
She added, “Also want to thank all the wonderful people I came in contact with here at WKU…truly some of the best times of my life that I won’t forget.”
WKU hadn’t officially confirmed Fife’s departure as of Monday night. New coach Michelle Clark-Heard said last week that at the time, no players had left the program other than rising junior forward Mimi Hill.
Heard previously said that the coaching staff would continue to evaluate the current roster, and that it was possible players could leave before the school year ends.
“They understand the expectations, so as for now, I can’t foresee what will happen in the future, but we’ll meet again before school lets out,” Heard said April 10. “If there are any players that don’t feel like the opportunity will be there to play – I’ve been upfront and honest with them that I’m going to recruit and get players – there might be a couple of players that didn’t see a lot of minutes last year that might want to have the ability to go somewhere else.”
Another of Fife’s tweets Monday night indicated that she did not ask for her release.
“I really don’t think this is fair..but then again life isn’t fair. It’s a business..thought I was more than a jersey number,” Fife tweeted.
Fife played in four games for the Lady Toppers as a freshman, averaging 1.3 minutes in those contests and scoring two points.
Her departure leaves WKU with two available scholarships.