Patel was a key member of the Holy
Cross women's basketball team from 1996-2000, leading the Crusaders
to an overall record of 88-28 during her four years, including a
44-4 mark in the Patriot League. She also helped Holy Cross to
three appearances in the NCAA Tournament, earned All-Patriot League
honors three times, and was selected as the Most Valuable Player of
the Patriot League Tournament twice.
Patel was named the Patriot League Player of the Year following her senior season, when she led the team in scoring (14.3 points per game), in addition to posting 137 assists and 79 steals. She graduated with the all-time school record with 333 career steals, and also finished her career in the top two spots on the Crusader single season list for steals (95 in 1997-1998; 92 in 1998-1999). In addition, Patel graduated first all-time at Holy Cross in three-point field goals made (163), fifth in assists (532) and ninth in scoring (1,234 points).