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03/30/05 - Patterson Independent Player of the Year; Allison Krischer Earns Third Team All-Independent

ATH04_BIO_023_patterson_TMelissa Patterson Named
Division II Independent Player of The Year;
Allison Krischer Named Third Team All-Independent
Pitt-Johnstown Lady Cat senior forward Melissa Patterson (Alexandria, Pa./Juniata Valley H.S.) was named 2004-05 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Independent Player of the Year when this year's team was released on Tuesday. Sophomore guard Allison Krischer (Johnstown, Pa.) was named Third Team All-Independent after finishing the year ranked 45th in assists per game. Patterson and Krischer helped lead Head Coach Jodi Gault's team to a 21-6 overall record this season. The All-Independent Teams were selected from players representing the 11 Division II Independent teams across the nation.
     Joining Patterson on the First Team All-Independent Team are: Kelly McRae (Grand Canyon (AZ) University), Melanie Cleusix (Western New Mexico University), Robyn Milne (Montana State-Billings) and Erin Evans (Oakland City (IN) University).
     Patterson ended the 2004-05 season 10th in NCAA Division II in scoring (22.3 ppg.), 22nd in steals per game (3.4 spg.) and 59th in free-throw percentage (82.0%). Her 22.3 points per game average tied Denise Gallo’s Lady Cat Single-Season Scoring Average record set in 1995-96. Patterson finished her career ranked 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 (82.0%) and third in rebounding (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.
     Patterson was also named a 2004-05 NCAA Division II Kodak/WBCA Honorable Mention All-American and a Daktronics Honorable Mention All-American. Patterson is still a nominee for the 2005 Women’s Division II Bulletin All-America team. In addition, Patterson became the first Lady Cat to be named an ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American.
     Krischer, who started all 27 games as a sophomore, ended the year ranked 45th in the nation in assists per game at 4.6. She was also Pitt-Johnstown's third leading scorer at 11.7 ppg. Krischer's 37 three-point field goals were second to Patterson, while her 2.9 rebounds per game ranked fifth on the team.
     Joining Krischer on the Third Team All-Independent Team are: Natalie Lara (Western New Mexico), Andrea Clarke (Florida Gulf Coast University), Katie Miller (Oakland City), Crystal Payne (Columbia Union (MD) College) and Brienne Beaschler (Tiffin (OH) University).
     The 11 teams making up the Division II Independents include: Cal State-Monterey Bay, Columbia Union, Converse (SC) College, Florida Gulf Coast, Grand Canyon, Montana State-Billings, Oakland City, Palm Beach Atlantic (FL) University, Pitt-Johnstown, Tiffin and Western New Mexico..... (Press Release)
Last Reviewed: March 30, 2005