Charlotte, NC - Skydajah Patterson of Hostos College has been announced as the 2019 Spalding® NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball Player of the Year.
Patterson played an integral role in the Caimans winning back-to-back NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championships. In the championship game, Patterson posted 15 points, three assists, and two steals to go on to win tournament MVP honors. Hostos finished the season with a 28-5 record.
Patterson led the Caimans in points per game for the season. The sophomore guard posted double-digit scoring performances in 21 of the Caimans' 32 games this season. Patterson's season-high scoring mark came in January, when she posted a 34-point performance in a dominating Hostos win.
- Position: Guard
- Class: Sophomore
- Height: 5'10"
- Hometown: Bronx, NY
- 13.7 points per game
- 48.7 field goal percentage
- 48.1 three-point percentage - 8th in NJCAA
- 8.9 rebounds per game
- NJCAA Region XV Champion
- NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player
- NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Champion
- NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball First Team All-America
"This award means a lot to me because the journey wasn't easy. I came to Hostos and my freshman year I played out of position as a small forward. I was told that in order for me to continue by basketball career I would have to become a guard. I worked on my game all summer and was able to gain my coach's trust to be a guard. Not only did I become a guard in one year, I was blessed enough to receive this award! I want to thank the coaching staff and my teammates for a phenomenal year!"
Up next for Patterson
- Lincoln University