(MSU Billings release)
BILLINGS, Mont. – Montana State University Billings women’s basketball head coach Kevin Woodin announced Skylar Patton will join the team for the 2020-21 season Monday morning. Patton played two seasons at Gillette College. The Houston, Texas native signed her letter of intent and became the fourth off-season addition for the Yellowjackets. Patton brings experience to the Yellowjacket lineup, which made its return to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships in March.
"Skylar is a great addition to our women's basketball program,” Woodin said. “She had an outstanding season and career at Gillette College and helped her team to an impressive 28-5 record last year. Coach (Alisha) Breen and I were impressed with Skylar's ability to attack the basket and defend. She is extremely competitive and versatile enough to play multiple guard positions. We expect her to have an immediate and positive impact on our team."
Patton joins the squad as a junior combo guard and averaged 14.6 points per game for the Pronghorns last season. In 33 games as a sophomore, she shot 42.7-percent from the field and 34.1-percent from the 3-point arc. She also totaled 113 rebounds (3.4 rpg), 123 assists (3.7 apg), and 83 steals. Patton made it to the free throw line 142 times last season and shot 78-percent.
She helped the Pronghorns defeat Northeastern Junior College in the second round of the Region IX Tournament. Her college accolades include Region IX North all-conference, region IX North all-defensive team, and Region IX North all-tournament team.
Prior to college, Patton attended New Caney High School in New Caney, Texas where she won three letters in basketball under head coach Tricia Mize. There, she was named first team all-conference, offensive team most valuable player, first team all-district, and defensive team most valuable player.
Patton plans to major in psychology at MSU Billings.