Texas Tech Lady Raider Basketball head coach Kristy Curry this afternoon announced the signing of Hutchinson Community College forward Jackie Patterson.  Patterson was a Junior College All-American last season at Hutchinson.

“We are thrilled to have Jackie as part of our basketball family,” Curry said. “We have watched her development throughout her high school and junior college career and have no doubt she will impact our program both on and off the court. We are so happy that she has now come back to her home state to finish her career in the Big 12 Conference.”

The Frisco, Texas native helped Hutchinson Community College get all the way to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship game this season, pushing the No. 2 Lady Dragons to a 36-1 overall record – its best season in the program’s 38-year history.

"I am delighted to be playing at Texas Tech next year,” Patterson said. “I'm thrilled with the new opportunity to be playing for coach Curry and her staff."

Patterson, a 6-foot-1 sophomore forward, averaged 12.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game this season and was a two-time NJCAA Player of the Week, NJCAA National All-Tournament Team member and 2011-12 NJCAA First-Team All-American. She picked up Second Team All-America honors in 2010-11.

Patterson joins other Lady Raider 2012 signees Kellyn Schneider (Monterey HS/Lubbock, Texas), Ivonne Cook-Taylor (Terra Nova HS/Daly City, Calif.), Minta Spears (Bullard HS/Bullard, Texas), and Shunta Nevitt (Spring Dekaney HS/Houston, Texas).