April 16, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Colorado State women's basketball Head Coach Ryun Williams on Wednesday announced the additions of guards Jamie Patrick and Hannah Tvrdy to the 2014-15 roster.
Patrick, who hails from Hutchinson, Kan., will come to Colorado State to begin her junior season from Hutchinson Community College. The 5-10 guard was recently named a third-team NJCAA DI All-American after becoming the Dragon's all-time and single-season scoring leader. She totaled 1,098 career points, 404 rebounds, 170 assists, 119 steals and 41 blocks in just two years a HCC, while shooting .520 from the field, converting 132 three-point field goals.
In two years Patrick and her teammates compiled a 71-3 overall record, which included two NJCAA Tournament trips where HCC finished third and second. In her career she averaged 17.4 points per game and was named to NJCAA Tournament All-Tournament team. She was a two-time all-Jayhawk West recipient, a two-time Jayhawk Conference Player of the Week and she also earned the NJCAA National Player of the Week.
"The thing I love about Jamie, is that she is all about winning and team," commented Williams. "She is a guard with nice size and length that can really shoot and score the ball as well as make those around her better. Jamie is just a really good basketball player that can do so many things on the court. The fact she has 60-plus college games under her belt and has played in a NJCAA National Championship game really helps add to the experience and maturity of our team."
A native of Seward, Neb., Tvrdy (pronounced Tu-VER-dee) just completed her freshman year at Nebraska, coming off the bench in 21 games. NU won the Big Ten tournament and advanced to the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament this season, falling just short of the Sweet 16 in a loss to BYU. The Huskers were ranked as high as 10th in the national polls this year, finishing the season ranked No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Tvrdy is a 5-10 guard from Seward High School where she played for her father, head coach Tom Tvrdy. ESPN HoopGurlz ranked her as the No. 28 point guard in the nation coming out of high school in 2012. She was named second-team Super-State by the Lincoln Journal Star in 2012 and 2013, and was named to the all-state team all four years of her high school career, earning first-team Class B All-State in 2012 and 2013, second-team in 2011 and honorable mention in 2010. She was the Class B All-State Honorary Captain in 2012, and was a three-time Class B Nebraska state champion (2010, 2011 and 2012).
Tvrdy, who chose to pursue other options for more playing time, will redshirt the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but she's expected to play a big role for the Rams upon the graduation of combo guards AJ Newton and Gritt Ryder.
"Hannah is a very strong and skilled guard who plays with an incredible toughness," praised Williams. "She is a proven winner, and her interchangeable game will fit well with how we play. She comes to CSU from a really solid basketball background, playing in the Big 10, playing for one of the country's elite club teams as well has one of the most respected high school programs in Nebraska. She will definitely be a wonderful addition to the line- up after Gritt and AJ are done. The timing of Hannah joining our team could not be better."
The addition of Tvrdy and Patrick brings the total number of signees to four for next season. The Rams signed Alana Arias and Myanne Hamm last fall.
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