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03/23/05 - Patterson Named 2005 Kodak and Daktronics Honorable Mention All-American

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Lady Cat Melissa Patterson
Earns Kodak and Daktronics
Honorable Mention All-America Honors
03/23/05...Pitt Johnstown Lady Cat senior forward Melissa Patterson (Alexandria, Pa./Juniata Valley H.S.) was named a NCAA Division II Kodak/WBCA Honorable Mention All-American and a Daktronics Honorable Mention All-American when this year’s teams were released on Wednesday. Patterson is also a nominee for the 2005 Women’s Division II Bulletin and NCAA Division II Independent All-America team. Earlier, she was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All America College Division Basketball Team. Patterson, the only senior on this year’s Pitt Johnstown team, led the Lady Cats to a 21-6 record.
     Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images - for memories, for information, for entertainment. Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as an amateur sport for women and girls.
     The Daktronics All-America Team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., and acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The company also markets DakStats sports statistics software with programs for football, basketball and baseball.
     On the court, Patterson ranks 10th in NCAA Division II in scoring at 22.3 points per game and 22nd in steals per game at 3.4, based on games played through March 13. Her 22.3 points per game average 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 23, 2005