By Kyle McCaskey
The Hutchinson News
The most prolific scorer in Hutchinson Community College women's basketball history is taking her smooth shooting touch to Colorado State University.
Jamie Patrick, who played high school ball at Central Christian, committed to CSU after visiting the campus this past weekend.
"When you feel like it's the right fit, it's awesome," Patrick said. "That's how I felt when I came home."
Patrick said she looked for three qualities during the recruiting process -- a winning program, great coaches and a strong team. She said Colorado State has all three.
Colorado State certainly is a program gaining prestige. In the 2013-14 season, the Rams fell one game short of an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, losing to Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference championship game. Colorado State ended its season at 25-8 after losing in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament.
With much of its roster coming back next season, Colorado State is poised to make another run at an NCAA tournament bid.
"I hope to contribute to that. I'm excited to see how it goes and what's in the future for that," Patrick said.
Though a starting role may not be handed to Patrick, she intends to push for one.
"If I don't start, I'm going to go in and work for it," she said. "I'm OK with working for something."
Patrick leaves Hutchinson Community College as the career leading scorer with 1,098 points. She also set the single-season mark, scoring 626 points as she helped guide the Blue Dragons to a 35-1 record and runner-up finish in the NJCAA tournament this past season. Patrick was named to the NJCAA All-American third team.
"You're getting a kid that is very reliable, very competitive and just a great team player," said Blue Dragon coach John Ontjes. "I'm just proud of what she has accomplished as a player, and excited to see her career continue at the next level."
Before committing to Colorado State, Patrick also visited Emporia State University.
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