#44 Jessica ZapfJunior Center/ForwardHeight: 5'11"
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa. High School: North Hills
As a Lady Cat After gaining valuable experience as a freshman, Jessica joined the starting line-up as a sophomore and led Pitt Johnstown in rebounding at 8.9 rebounds per game and was the fourth Lady Cat who finished the season averaging in double-figures in scoring at 10.8 points per game. She also led the team in blocked shots (18) and field goal percentage (57.0%). Jessica was a dominant force of the offensive and defensive boards last year, grabbing 239 total rebounds, including 90 on the offensive end. With just 13 rebounds, she will be ranked among the top-27 all-time rebounders in school history. Jessica led or tied for the team lead in rebounding 18 times during the 2004-05 season, including collecting a career-high 17 rebounds against Saint Vincent College on Feb. 10, 2005. She also pulled down 16 rebounds in back-to-back games against Geneva College on Dec. 6, 2004 and Slippery Rock University on Dec. 9, 2004. Jessica led the Lady Cats in rebounding 14 of the last 17 games of the season. In addition to her outstanding rebounding numbers, Jessica led Pitt Johnstown in scoring twice last year, including pouring in a career-high 27 points against West Chester University on Jan. 7, 2005. She scored in double-figures 15 times and finished her sophomore campaign with 10 double-doubles of points and rebounds. Along with her career-highs, Jessica also scored 15 or more points in a game four times (20 points vs. Columbia Union (MD) College on Jan. 10, 2005) and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 13 times in 2004-05. In two seasons, she is averaging 8.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Jessica is also shooting 58.4% (153-262) from the field and 70.9% (112-158) from the free-throw line.She has the drive to be the best. Jessica came back this year in great physical shape. She had a strong off-season. Jessica worked hard on her skills and will be a much more effective player in the high post. In September 2005, Jessica represented Pitt Johnstown as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in Boston, MA. Jessica is the daughter Jim and Patty Zapf.
At North Hills High School A four-year letter winner, three-year starter and two-year team captain, Jessica is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,159 points. She also ranks among the top five in all-time rebounding with 615 rebounds. Some of her other career totals include 315 career assists, 36 three-point field goals, 180 steals and 180 blocked shots. Jessica also holds school records for points in a game with 37 and rebounds in a game with 19. In 2003, Jessica was selected to play in the Eat’n Park Pennsylvania Hoops Roundball Classic All-Star game. She named Second Team Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Class AAAA and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette All-Section as a senior. Jessica was a two-time Pittsburgh Tribune-Review North Fab Five choice, as well as the Most Valuable Player at 2000 Burrell High School Christmas Tournament. In addition , she earned All-Tournament Team honors at the 2001 Fox Chapel High School Tournament, 2002 New Castle High School Tip-Off Tournament and 2002 Hampton High School Christmas Tournament. Academically, Jessica was a member of the National Honor Society and ranked 21st out of 463 in senior class with a 4.03 G.P.A. She was nominated for 2002-03 Chatham College Student-Athlete Award and was recognized for National Student-Athlete Day. Jessica was also the recipient of the 2000 North Hills Excellent Achievement Award. She was coached by Mark Timko at North Hills High School.