May 3, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCourtney Patterson was a two-sport standout athlete the past two years for Central Wyoming College in volleyball and basketball.
Patterson has decided to focus on one sport next year by taking her basketball talents to Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.
The CWC sophomore will have two years of eligibility at BHSU, which played at the NCAA Division II level for the first time last year, and finished with a 14-12 record.
In the past, BHSU had played at the NAIA level.
"Courtney was huge for two programs at CWC," CWC women's head coach Serol Stauffenberg said. "She played very well in volleyball. She was a great basketball player."
Patterson played in the shooting guard role on the basketball court. She helped the Rustlers click at the Region IX tournament, where CWC fell to Otero Junior College in the semifinals.
"We like her passion for the game and her ability to play inside and outside," Black Hills State University women's coach Mark Nore said. "She has a great feel for the game."
Patterson finished her season averaging 13.9 points per game, No. 1 in scoring for the Rustlers.
"Her stats speaks volumes," Stauffenberg said. "She was in the top 12 in Region IX scoring in both years. It's a pretty tough region. "
Patterson played on an injured knee for most of the season.
"Her knee was banged up from the opening weekend all the way through," Stauffenberg said. "She was probably 75 percent the whole year. She was a pretty good player."
Nore said Patterson is a gifted athlete coming to his program.
"Only special kids can play those two sports," Nore said. "It takes a strong mind and a strong will to do that. I feel like when she can focus on one sport, I just think that she has a big-time upside. She is strong. She has a nice shot. It's going to be a great fit for our program.
"Our No. 1 concern with Courtney is to get her 100 percent healthy and just get her in that mind set, then she will be very good for us," Nore said. "You never want to see kids battle through that."
BHSU had mostly underclassmen on the roster last year.
"We had a lot of youth last year," Nore said.
BHSU won nine of its last 10 games but didn't compete in a postseason tournament because it wasn't in a conference.
"It was hard to motivate because we didn't have any postseason," Nore said.
BHSU will be in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for the first time in the 2012-13 season.
"Going to the Rocky Mountain Conference is a great move," Nore said.
"We are excited about. It's going to be an excited thing."
Metro State, Fort Lewis, CSU-Pueblo, Western State, UC-Colorado Springs, Colorado Christian, Colorado Mesa, Colorado Mines, New Mexico Highlands, Regis, Chadron State, Nebraska-Kearney, Adams State and Western New Mexico are in the RMAC.
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