Fowler, a 5-foot-6 point guard, averaged 5.7 points last season and was a Cincinnati Enquirer Division I honorable mention selection.
“It’s a great fit for her,” Harlan said.
Fowler helped lead MND (26-2) to its third consecutive Division I state title in March. MND defeated West Chester Lakota West 69-67 in the state final.
MND coach Dante Harlan said new Ohio coach Semeka Randall had an impact on Fowler. Randall is a former standout guard at Tennessee who played at Trinity High School in Cleveland. Randall, a former WNBA player who was an assistant at West Virginia last season, played in a similar way that Fowler does especially on the defensive end.
“Semeka Randall is building the OU team in her image and Ashley Fowler is a great place to start,” said Tom Jenkins, executive director of the Ohio Girls’ Basketball Report. “In fact, it was the key in building the OU team in coach Randall’s image. Ashley’s game is truly in Semeka’s image as a person, as a player and as a champion.”
Fowler, who also considered Middle Tennessee State, scored 11 points and had a game-high five assists in the state final.
NOTEBOOK: MND will host Lakota West Jan. 17, 2009 in a regular-season game. It will be the first meeting since the state final. As two of the premier teams in the state, MND and Lakota West had met early in the season the past few years. But, the schedule didn’t allow for that this upcoming winter.