Cal had hoped that the hiring of Charmin Smith as its new women's head basketball coach would enable the Bears to keep incoming freshman Lauren Fields.
Apparently it was not enough, as Fields announced via twitter Tuesday night that she has committed to Oklahoma State
Fields had signed with Cal last November. But after Lindsay Gottlieb left as Cal's head coach to become an assistant coach with the NBA Clevelamnd Cavaliers, Fields requested a release from her letter of intent to consider other options.
Fields, a guard at Shawnee (Oklahoma) High School, was rated a four-star recruit, and opted to play at a school closer to home.
Dan Olson of ESPNW Hoopgurlz had this assessment of Fields: "Athletic guard manufactures, rises and delivers off the dribble with feathery touch; 3-point range opportunist, creates off the bounce and delivers results."
Oklahoma State went 14-16 this past season, including 5-13 in the Big 12.
Cal signed guard Jazlen Green of Lakeside High School in southern California and forward Evelien Lutje Schipholt of The Netherlands during the spring signing period after signing after signing Fields and guard Cailyn Crocker of Mater Dei High School last fall.
Smith is hoping to convince sophomore-to-be McKenzie Forbes to remain at Cal after she requested a release from Cal a week ago so she could explore other options.