Zampella and O'Connor to be Inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame on Friday; Webcast of Ceremony Available
Jan. 24, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Former Saint Joseph's basketball standouts Angela Zampella and Marvin O'Connor will be among the inductees in the Big 5 Hall of Fame at the induction ceremony on Friday, January 25. Live coverage of the ceremony from The Palestra will be available on the web or on mobile devices beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Joining Zampella and O'Connor in the Class of 2013 are: Jen Ricco (Temple), Trish Juhline (Villanova) and the late Phil Jasner (Media).
A three-time Big 5 First Team selection, Zampella (1997-01) led the Hawks to three Big 5 titles and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances during her career at SJU. A four-year starter, Zampella made an immediate impact as a rookie in 1997-98, helping the Hawks to a WNIT appearance, while being selected to the All-Big 5 Second Team.
One of just two Hawks to garner Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors every season of her career, Zampella led the Hawks to an A-10 Championship in 1999 and an NCAA Tournament at-large berth in 2000. Saint Joseph's all-time leader in assists (788), she currently ranks sixth all-time in scoring (1,509 points), fifth in steals (216), sixth in three-pointers made (184) and 16th in rebounding (521). A member of the 2000 USA R. William Jones Cup Team that won gold in Taiwan, Zampella still holds the SJU single-season record for assists (241 in 1999-00) and assists in a game (17). Following her SJU career, Zampella continued to play professionally in Italy.
O'Connor was among the most prolific scorers in Saint Joseph's history in his three seasons with the Hawks (1999-2002). A three-time All-Big 5 First Team selection, O'Connor won the Geasey Award as the Big 5 Player of the Year in 2001. He averaged double figures in all three seasons and with his 22.1 points per game in 2001, was the top scorer in the Big 5, earning the Palumbo Award.
O'Connor was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team all three seasons, earning first-team honors his junior year. He holds the Saint Joseph's record for points in a season, with 706 scored in 2001. He ranks 12th on the Hawks' all-time scoring list with 1,678 career points and is third in three-point field goals made with 231 in 89 games played.