PHILADELPHIA - After a pair of incredible offensive performances last week, it was no surprise that Mark Zoller was named the Ivy League and Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week Monday afternoon.
Zoller continued his red-hot ways for the Quakers, helping them to a 1-1 record last week with a win over 2006 NCAA participant Monmouth and a loss to Big 5 rival Villanova. Zoller scored a career-high 29 points against Monmouth, then followed that up with 33 points against Villanova, the best scoring output by a Penn player since Garett Kreitz dropped 33 on Brown on Feb. 14, 1998. Zoller also collected 11 rebounds against Monmouth for his third double-double of 2006-07.
For the week, Zoller did it every way imaginable offensively -- he shot 21-of-28 (75 percent) from the field, went 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) from three-point land, and was 12-of-13 (92.3 percent) from the foul line. Zoller currently leads the Ivy League in scoring (22.9 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.625), and is third in the conference in rebounding (7.4 per game), and is third on the team and fourth in the League with 14 steals (2.00 per game).
This is Zoller’s third time receiving the Ivy League’s weekly honor; he had previously earned it one time as a sophomore, and once as a junior. On the Big 5 side, Zoller has now won the award twice this season (out of three possible weeks), and three times overall in his career.
The Quakers (4-3) are next in action Thursday night, playing at Navy in a game that will tip off at 8 p.m. and air nationally on College Sports Television (CSTV). Penn is next at home Saturday against Fordham (7 p.m. start).