Hartman is Back! Lady Matrix bring back a legend

by David Walls

GIE Lady Matrix (WUBA) agreed to terms with 36-year old American guard, Patechia Hartman (5'8''-PG-83, college: Georgia St.). This will be Hartman's return to professional basketball in years, having last played in Iceland for KR Reykjavik (Iceland-Dominos League). In 13 games she posted an incredible:16.5ppg, 6.8rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), Steals-1 (3.7spg), FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 66.5%.

"Hartman was the face of the WUBA for many years," said WUBA President Christy Luxe. "She was the first star to be drafted and the first to be signed in Europe. We are honored that she wants to return and mentor the new generation."

Hartman was picked by the GGIE Lady Matrix (first overall) in the 2012 WUBA Draft, playing a total of 20 games. As a rookie she led the WUBA in scoring, assists and steals. She posted an amazing 24.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 10.3apg while shooting 51.3% from the field. The Lady Matrix would go on to defeat the Southern Generals in the finals 88-84. Hartman was later named usbasket.com All-WUBA Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Finals MVP.

After an incredible season with the WUBA, Hartman joined the USA National Team for the 2013 FIBA Jones Cup. She would lead the Americans to a bronze medal and be named AsiaBasket.com All-FIBA Jones Cup Best Guard.

Hartman has played a total of five seasons in the WUBA. She is regarded as the best player in league history. In just five short seasons, she is ranked in the top three in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals and double-doubles. Her number 3 has been retired in the WUBA as of the summer of 2020. It would be the second time her number has been retired (GA State).

GA State career: One of the best players to ever wear a Georgia State Panther uniform, Patechia Hartman had her jersey No. 3 retired in a ceremony Nov. 28 prior to the women's basketball game against Samford. She was joined in the ceremony at midcourt by her parents, Anitra and Roosevelt Hartman and her sister and brother-in-law, LaKechia and Marcus Moss.

An Atlanta native and graduate of Tri-Cities High School, Patechia helped lead the Panthers to 2 Regular Season Conference Championships, 1 North Division Conference Title and 2 Tournament Conference Championships, earning 2 NCAA Tournament bids. In her time in a Georgia State uniform, the team posted an overall record of 75-46, including a 48-24 conference record.

Patechia also earned a great deal of individual success being chosen as a two-time Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, a preseason Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, a two-time First-team All-Atlantic Sun selection, a three-time Atlantic Sun All-Tournament honoree, an eight-time A-Sun Player of the Week recipient and in 2002, she was selected to the A-Sun All-Freshman team. In 2004, Patechia was named the Georgia State Athletics Female Student-Athlete of the Year. In her final collegiate season in 2005, Patechia was also nominated to the KODAK All-America team. Academically, Patechia received her Sociology degree from Georgia State.

Patechia has also etched her mark in the Georgia State record books, earning 10 rankings in eight categories. She ranks 5th all-time in scoring, 6th in field goals made, 9th in 3-point field goals made, 7th in free throws made, 9th in free throw percentage, 4th in assists, 3rd in steals and 4th in games played. She is also ranked in the top 10 in six categories for Georgia State single-season records, including 6th in points scored, and in the top 15 in several categories in the Atlantic Sun record book. Lastly, Patechia is the only Georgia State player to score over 1,500 points, hand out over 400 assists and collect over 200 steals during a career.

Patechia's jersey No. 3 will forever hang in the rafters of the Georgia State Sports Arena.