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Jess Zinobile

  • Class
  • Induction
  • Sport(s)
    Female Student-Athlete

Saint Francis (PA) University
Lock Haven, PA/Lock Haven
Women’s Basketball • 1996-00

Perhaps the most honored women’s basketball player in Northeast Conference history, Zinobile was selected as the NEC 20th Anniversary Most Valuable Player and to the 25th Anniversary all-time team. She was a two-time NEC Player of the Year in 1997-98 and 1999-00 who led the Red Flash to four NEC championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. Zinobile was also voted the NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player (1997, 1999 and 2000) on three occasions, named the league’s Newcomer of the Year in 1996-97 and was a three-time All-NEC first team pick. She is both the NEC and Saint Francis (PA) career record holder with 2,338 points and 1,295 rebounds, and owns 16 individual school records. Similarly, her 14 NEC Player of the Week selections remain a league record. Zinobile, a Lock Haven, PA native, established the conference single-season mark with 724 points in 1999-00 and posted 74 career double-doubles. In one of the great postseason performances in league history, she established the NEC Tournament single-game scoring record with 46 points in a win over Long Island in the 2000 semifinals. In NCAA Tournament play, she averaged 19.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in four appearances. Zinobile participated in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game following her senior season and holds the distinction of being the only NEC player drafted by the WNBA after being chosen by the Sacramento Monarchs in the 2000 Draft. She went on to play professionally with Spanish Top Division teams Oviedo Cinturon Verde and CB Linares, and LF Spain-League team PC Mendibil, where she averaged 13.9 points and 6.0 rebounds in 51 career games. Zinobile will be inducted into the Saint Francis Athletics Hall of Fame this coming February as part of its 2011 class. She resides in Charlotte, NC.

"I’m very happy for Jess and congratulate her on two great honors this year, inductions to the Saint Francis and NEC Hall Of Fame,” said Jenny Przekwas, her coach at Saint Francis (PA). "It was my pleasure to coach Jess. She was a fiery competitor. Her versatility on the court, and great scoring and rebounding, certainly led Saint Francis to great successes in her tenure."