2004-05 Lady Cat All-American Melissa Patterson joins Coach Gault’s staff as a student assistant coach for the 2005-06 season. Patterson, the 2004-05 Independent Basketball Player of the Year, earned Kodak, Daktronics and Women’s Division II Bulletin Honorable Mention All-American honors after finishing 10th in NCAA Division II in scoring at 22.3 points per game and 22nd in steals per game at 3.4. On January 31, 2005, Patterson became the 27th Lady Cat to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau when she scored 31 points at Davis & Elkins (WV) College. Three weeks later, she poured in a career-high 38 points at Shepherd (WV) University to help her finish her career ranked 16th on the Lady Cat All-Time Scoring List with 1,196 career points. Patterson, a native of Alexandria, Pa. and graduate of Juniata Valley High School, also excelled in the classroom. Following her senior season, Patterson became the first Pitt Johnstown women’s basketball player to be named ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American. Her 3.90 G.P.A. in Managerial Accounting and Marketing Information Systems also earned her a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She was the recipient of an Academic Leadership Scholarship, 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, she is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Patterson is the daughter of William and Carol Patterson of Alexandria, Pa.