Women's Basketball

Ex-Bobcat excelling at Lees-McRae

Ex-Bobcat excelling at Lees-McRae

BANNER ELK, N.C. - After what she accomplished on the hardwood during her prep career, it's little wonder Seneca High School alum Icey Patterson is translating that success to the collegiate level.

Now a junior at Lees-McRae, a Division II school in Banner Elk, N.C., Patterson ranks seventh in the nation with 3.5 steals per game.

That's just one facet of what's been a solid campaign with the Bobcats, as she not only leads the squad in steals, but also in points per game (13) -while shooting 46.6 percent from the floor - as well as assists (83).

There's also the fact she's excelling in the classroom, as Patterson made the Dean's List for the fall semester, as she carried a GPA above 3.5 with no grades lower than a C.

Patterson, a two-time winner of The Journal's Mountain Lakes Player of the Year honor at Seneca, is also taking aim at the Lees-McRae record books, as her five steals Tuesday against King College moved her into eighth in program history with 147 career steals.

That figure could be much higher, though, as Patterson played in just 10 games a freshman - with six starts - as her season was cut short due to injury.

She bounced back last season to start all 25 games she played in, as she led the Bobcats in both assists and steals per game while ranking third in scoring at 8.9 points per game as a sophomore.

Patterson played for Seneca's varsity squad for three seasons, garnering Western 3A Player of the Year honors in each season while also earning All-State honors twice.

She averaged 14.65 points per game during her high school career under legendary head coach Amanda Holder, making her one of just four Bobcats to average double figures for a career since 1974.