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St. Francis star Zinobile to have jersey number retired

Bill Beckner Jr.

It wouldn’t be Legends Night at St. Francis (Pa.) without Jess Zinobile in the house.

St. Francis will honor one of its all-time great women’s basketball players Saturday at DeGol Arena in Loretto by raising her No. 22 jersey to the rafters.

The Red Flash (9-12, 6-3) host Central Connecticut State (6-13, 3-6) in a Northeast Conference game at 4 p.m.

Zinobile, a 2011 graduate, will be recognized in a pregame ceremony beginning at 3:30. She will be the first SFU women’s basketball player to have her number retired.

The NEC 20th Anniversary MVP and a member of the conference’s 25th Anniversary all-time team, Zinobile was NEC Player of the Year in 1997-98 and 1999-2000.

She led the Red Flash to four NEC titles and four NCAA tournament trips.

Her career scoring total of 2,338 points stood for 18 years before current senior Jess Kovatch broke the mark in December.

Zinobile, a NEC and SFU hall of famer, remains the only NEC player drafted into the WNBA. She was selected in 2000 by the Sacramento Monarchs.

Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at [email protected] or via Twitter @BillBeckner.