CCSU adds pair of transfers

From Staff Reports

First-year Clayton State women's basketball head coach Dennis Cox has announced the signing of two more players for the 2004-2005 season, and both will be familiar with his style and success of his system.

Cox signed two of his former junior college players at Daytona Beach Community College in Jasmine Patterson and Barbara "Basia" Bukpwska. Patterson played two seasons at DBCC and helped lead the program to a 29-9 record in the 2002-2003 season, while both she and Bukowska played on last year's squad that finished with a 19-10 record.

A 5-10 small forward, Patterson was twice named All-Mid Florida Conference and twice named to the NJCAA All-Region VIII squad. She averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots per game in two seasons at DBCC. In her freshman year, she was named Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year and third team NJCAA All-America.

Patterson, a native of Leesburg, Fla. in central Florida, graduated from Leesburg High where she averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds per game, while receiving first team all-state honors.

"We're thrilled to add a player as athletic and talented as Jasmine Patterson to our roster," said Cox. "Having coached Jasmine at DBCC, I know the kind of player that she can be for us. "We sent a lot of great players to the Peach Belt Conference from DBCC over the years and none have been any better than Jasmine Patterson."

Bukowska, a 5-5 sophomore point guard from Lublin, Poland joins the Lakers after averaging 9.9 points and four assists per game, earning All Mid-Florida Conference honors. She is a 3-point shooting specialist, as she drained 56 3-pointers last year, hitting almost 40 percent from the field. She also excels in the classroom with a 3.91 grade point average. She is majoring in business.

"We could have gotten several other point guards late from around the country with a little more flash, but with Basia we know what we're getting, a solid hard-working, consistent performer that is a joy to have a round, both on and off the floor," Cox said.

Patterson and Bukowska will join Marie St. Fort, who signed earlier this summer with Clayton State, giving the Lakers three signees for the upcoming season.