Sharnee Zoll-Norman

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Sharnee Zoll
Personal information
Born (1986-07-11) July 11, 1986 (age 31)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Listed weight 148 lb (67 kg)
Career information
High school Highland (Blackwood, New Jersey)
College Virginia (2004–2008)
WNBA draft 2008 / Round: 3 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Sparks
Position Guard
Career history
2008 Minnesota Lynx
2013 Chicago Sky
Stats at WNBA.com

Sharnee Zoll-Norman (born July 11, 1986) is an American point guard who plays professional basketball throughout Europe and most recently with the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.

Personal[edit]

Zoll was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Cheryl and Tony Zoll. She is the only child of Cheryl and shares her father with brother Chris and Dustin Myers. Cheryl is a retired veteran of the Armed Forces. She lived on McGuire Air Force Base for the majority of her life and also resided in Sembach, Germany while her mother was stationed there. Zoll moved to Marlboro Township, New Jersey before her freshman year to attend Marlboro High School, a school her mother chose for the quality of both its academics and basketball.[1] She attended Marlboro for her first three high school years before transferring to Highland Regional High School in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township, New Jersey for her senior year.[2] Although she has mentioned her wife Serita Norman in previous interviews, she never formally came out until a June 2013 interview with the Windy City Times, stating "If I was straight, I wouldn't have to come out and say that I was straight. So I've never had an official coming-out, or something where I felt I had to announce that I was gay. But everyone knows. I wear my wedding ring proudly; I have matching tattoos with my wife, and also have her name tattooed on me. We go a lot of places [together] and I surely don't hide it [that she's my wife]."[3]

College career[edit]

Zoll played at the University of Virginia from 2004 to 2008,[4] where she was a 1000-point scorer and two-time All-ACC third team honoree. She is most widely known for holding the Atlantic Coast Conference assist record with 785 assists;[5] previously held by Dawn Staley, also a UVA alum. Sharnee is the only woman in ACC history to post three seasons of at least 200 assists and did so in succession from 2006 to 2008. In the summer of 2005, Zoll was named to the gold medal winning USA U19 World Championship Team.[6]

Virginia statistics[edit]

Source[7]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004-05 Virginia 32 191 34.5 16.1 58.7 3.2 5.0 1.6 - 6.0
2005-06 Virginia 32 357 39.0 38.0 75.2 3.0 6.3 2.3 0.2 11.2
2006-07 Virginia 34 331 36.3 33.1 75.5 2.8 6.1 1.5 0.1 9.7
2007-08 Virginia 34 290 39.2 32.0 80.6 3.2 6.4 1.8 0.1 8.5
Career Virginia 132 1169 37.4 31.5 72.9 3.1 5.9 1.8 0.1 8.9

USA Basketball[edit]

Zoll joined the USA Women's U18 team as it became the U19 team, and competed in the 2005 U19 World Championships in Tunis, Tunisia. The USA team won all eight games, winning the gold medal. Zoll averaged 2.9 points per game.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Sharnee was drafted 29th overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft to the Los Angeles Sparks.[9][10] After being waived by the Sparks, she spent a short time with the Minnesota Lynx before continuing her playing career overseas. In the 2008-2009 season, she signed with a Romanian club named Sepsi B.C.. Zoll led the Romanian league[11] and EuroCup in assists. In the following season, Zoll signed with Botas Spor in Adana, Turkey. Again she led the Turkish league and EuroCup in assists.[12] Till 2013 Zoll was playing with CCC Polkowice in Poland. She led the league in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio while leading CCC to its highest ever finish in the PLKK playoffs (2nd place).[13] In 2011-12, Zoll's CCC Polkowice team participated in EuroLeague Women. She led the competition in assists per game at 6.6[14] while playing alongside current Spark Jantel Lavender. In 2012-13, Zoll's CCC Polkowice team won PLKK Champions title and Polish Cup as well. In the 2013-2014 season, she signed with a Polish club named KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzów Wielkopolski.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloom, Marc. "High School Basketball; Nothing but Net in Marlboro", The New York Times, February 10, 2001. Accessed October 2, 2017. "The families of two of the freshmen moved to the Marlboro school district last year, but the parents said it was not strictly for basketball. We came here not only for basketball but for academics, too, Cheryl Zoll, Sharnee's mother, said.... Sharnee Zoll's family was the other to move. The Zolls previously lived at nearby McGuire Air Force Base, where her mother, Cheryl, a career officer, taught military history."
  2. ^ Edelson, Stephen. "NEW: Shore's greatest girls basketball players - One last look", Asbury Park Press, February 8, 2017. Accessed October 2, 2017. "Even though she was only at Marlboro for three years, transferring to Highlands Regional for her senior season, Zoll earned a reputation as one of the finest playmakers ever to grace the hardwood at the Jersey Shore."
  3. ^ "Lesbian Chicago Sky player set to attend her first Pride Parade - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times". Windy City Times. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Sharnee' Zoll player profile". Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  6. ^ "ACC | Basketball (W)". ACC | Official Athletics Site. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  7. ^ "NCAA® Career Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  8. ^ "Sixth FIBA Women's U19 World Championship -- 2005". USA Basketball. June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Cavalier Insider". The Daily Progress. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  10. ^ "UVA's Sharnee Zoll Selected in WNBA Draft". Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  11. ^ "2008-09 FRB Stats". Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  12. ^ "Players - Statistical Leaders | EuroCup Women (2010) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  13. ^ "Polish Basketball, News, Teams, Scores, Stats, Standings, Awards - eurobasket.com". www.eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2016-05-28. 
  14. ^ http://www.fibaeurope.com/euroleaguewomen/default.asp?cid=%7BFB7C1B64-CA75-4B58-9B71-809615F10939%7D&pageID=%7BF1F539C6-527D-4CA3-A0F2-89D9CA6FE50E%7D&compID=%7BB751A3B2-1D28-42B5-8BDE-9D01F3BD1F23%7D&roundID=8580&season=2012&statCat=AS

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