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UL Women's Basketball Adds Fields
Fields returned to the court as a senior, and her decision paid off in a big way Wednesday as the 5-foot-8 guard signed a binding national letter of intent with the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana.
"It's hard to describe how I feel right now," Fields told the Cajun Redzone on Wednesday. "I'm more speechless than anything. Since my freshman year I said I wanted to go to college, and I wasn't sure I was going to play basketball after moving, so I'm definitely excited that I get to continue playing in college."
This season Fields was named the District 3-4A MVP, made the Alexandria Town Talk's All-Cenla first team and Leesville Daily Leader's All-Vernon Parish first team and earned honorable mention Class 4A all-state recognition at Leesville. She averaged 24.6 points, eight rebounds, five steals and 3.2 assists per game as a senior.
Fields, academically qualified to play for the Cajuns next season, scored a career-high 39 points against Grant High in January. In February she had 38 points and 14 rebounds against Alexandria High. As a freshman she earned honorable mention all-league honors for Class 3A Lakes High in Washington before moving to Louisiana.
Rice, East Tennessee State, Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese State, Northwestern State and Grambling also recruited Fields before she signed with the Cajuns. Fields is the sixth Class of 2013 signee for Cajuns coach Garry Brodhead and the first for the program in the NCAA's spring signing period, which started Wednesday and ends May 15.
"I signed with the Cajuns because they made me feel like it wasn't all about basketball," Fields said. "Coach Brodhead has a program with a great support system, and they care about what you do after college. That was important to me. They're all about playing defense, and I love playing tough defense."
Fields, who played AAU ball for Louisiana Elite out of Baton Rouge, said she is capable of doing more than just playing strong defense.
"I think I'm known for shooting 3s, but I have a lot of skills," Fields said. "I can shoot when I have to. I'm also a pretty good passer. I love to play defense because my offense comes from it. My attitude is to get steals, keep my opponents from getting any points and play with intensity."
According to Fields, Brodhead and the other Cajuns coaches recruited her for a number of reasons.
"They said they loved my heart and determination, how hard I played and the fact that I'm a pretty good shooter," Fields said. "They noticed that I was always going after the ball on defense and working hard."
Fields is excited about joining the Cajuns next season.
"I know they have quick guards, and I think I'll be able to help them make stops on defense and score some points here and there," Fields said. "I think I'm going to fit right in."
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Class of 2013 signees for Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball
G/F Gabby Alexander (Bogalusa, La./Bogalusa High)
F Jeremica Edwards (New Orleans/Easton High)
G Braile Fields (Leesville, La./Leesville High)
G Jaylyn Gordon (Edgard, La./West St. John High)
G/F Jodi Quinn (Lafayette, La./STM)
G/F Melody Williams (Fort Worth, Texas/THESA)
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