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03/07/05 - Patterson Named First Team Daktronics All-East Region

Lady Cat Melissa Patterson
Earns First Team Daktronics
All-East Region Honors
03/07/05... The awards continued for Lady Cat senior forward Melissa Patterson (Alexandria, Pa./Juniata Valley H.S.) on Monday when she was named First Team Daktronics All-East Region. Her name will now be placed on the national ballot to become a Daktronics All-American. Patterson, also nominated for the Kodak and Women’s Division II Bulletin All-America teams, was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic America College Division Basketball Team last Thursday. Patterson, the only senior on this year’s Pitt Johnstown team, led the Lady Cats to a 21-6 record.
     Patterson finished second to Fairmont State (WV) College's Kristen Gattuso for Daktronics East Region Player of the year honors. Joining Patterson and Gattuso on the First Team are Lisa Lee (University of Charleston (WV), LaShonda Chiles (Anderson (SC) College) and Sara McKinney (California University (PA).
     On the court, Patterson ranks 8th in NCAA Division II in scoring at 22.3 points per game and 23rd in steals per game at 3.4, based on games played through February 27. Her 22.3 points per game this year ties Denise Gallo’s Lady Cat Single-Season Scoring Average record set in 1995-96. She was also named Preseason Honorable Mention All-America by Women’s Division II Bulletin. Patterson ranks 16th on the Lady Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,196 career points. In 27 games-played this season, Patterson led Pitt Johnstown in scoring (22.3 ppg.), field goals made (202), three-point field goals made (53), free-throws made (146) and steals (91). She was second on the team in free-throw percentage at 82.0% and third in rebounding at 4.7 rpg. Patterson led Pitt Johnstown or tied for the team lead in scoring 22 times. She also scored 20 or more points in a game 19 times, including a career-high 38 points at Shepherd (WV) University on February 21.
     Academically, Patterson, a 2004-05 team captain for Head Coach Jodi Gault, has a 3.90 G.P.A. in her two majors, Business Information Systems and Managerial Accounting. Patterson is a recipient of an Academic Leadership Scholarship at Pitt Johnstown. She also received the Lowell D. Shaffer Student-Athlete Award and the Fesler Edwards Award for having the top Q.P.A. among Business Management students. In addition, Patterson is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Last Reviewed: March 7, 2005