Marianna Tolo

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Marianna Tolo
Marianna Tolo.jpg
Tolo during a game between the Capitals and Logan Thunder at AIS Arena
No. 12 – Canberra Capitals
PositionCentre
LeagueWNBL
Personal information
Born2 July 1989
Mackay, Queensland
NationalityAustralian
Listed height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Career information
 
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Marianna Tolo
Marianna Tolo.jpg
Tolo during a game between the Capitals and Logan Thunder at AIS Arena
No. 12 – Canberra Capitals
PositionCentre
LeagueWNBL
Personal information
Born2 July 1989
Mackay, Queensland
NationalityAustralian
Listed height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Career information
female basketball player
Tolo during a 2011/2012 season game

Marianna Tolo (born 2 July 1989) is an Australian basketball player from Queensland. She has played for the Australian Institute of Sport and Canberra Capitals in Australia's Women's National Basketball League (WNBL). She has also been a member of the Australia women's national basketball team.

Personal[edit]

Marianna Tolo was born in Mackay, Queensland, on 2 July 1989.[1] At 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) tall, Tolo is one of the tallest players on the Canberra Capitals roster.[1][2] In March 2011, she attend the Sport for Women Day at the University of Canberra and participated in an outdoor zumba class alongside some of her Canberra Capitals team mates.[3] Tolo and Carly Wilsonshare a house, where have hosted a party for the Canberra Capitals.[4]

Juniors[edit]

Tolo was a member of the Queensland North squad in 2003 and 2004 during the Australian U16 Championships.[5] She was a member of the Queensland North squad in 2005 and 2006 during the Australian U18 Championships.[5] She was a member of the Queensland squad in 2008 during the Australian U20 Championships.[5]

Australian Institute of Sport[edit]

In 2006, Tolo earned a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) for basketball. She competed in the 2006/2007, and 2007/2008 AIS squads that played in the WNBL.[5]

Canberra Capitals[edit]

2008/2009 and 2009/2010: early years[edit]

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Tolo in a 2011/2012 game for Canberra Capitals

Tolo was a member of the 2008/2009 Canberra Capitals squad that won the WNBL championship.[5] During the regular season, she was not a regular starter.[6]

During the 2009/2010 season, Tolo set a WNBL record for the most shots blocked in a single game when she blocked 13 in 5 November 2009 game against the Townsville Fire.[7] In an October 2009 game, she scored 21 points in a game against the Adelaide Lightning.[8] She played in the team's Grand Finals victory over the Bulleen Boomers, where she was primarily guarding Elizabeth Cambage.[9] She was the team's season MVP.[10][11]

2010/2011[edit]

Tolo played for the Canberra Capitals again during the 2010/2011 season.[12] She was one of the reasons the Capitals beat Townsville in Townsville for the first time in two years.[13] In an October 2010 game, she scored 12 points and had 13 rebounds in a game against the Sydney Uni Flames.[14] She played in the Preliminary Final game against the Bendigo Spirit in a game the Capitals won 83–78. She was one of the team's three leading scorers with 20 points.[12] According to Tolo, she "was running on fumes toward the back end of last season."[10] She was the team's season MVP this season,[10][11] with 8.4 rebounds and average 13.4 points a game.[15] At the end of the season, she was named a member of the WNBL All Star Five.[5] During the team's Mad Monday celebration at the end of the season, Tolo dressed as Xena: Warrior Princess.[16] At the immediate end of the season, she was one of several players from the 2010/2011 squad who did not have a contract with the team for the 2011/2012 season.[11]

2011/2012[edit]

Canberra Capitals vs Townsville. Tolo is the tall player in blue.
Porter takes the floor to relieve Tolo during a 15 October 2011 game against the Townsville Fire.

Between WNBL seasons, Tolo played for the national team but did not play for a club team in a league like the SEABL.[17] She participated in the team's first training session for the season on 13 September 2011 at the Belconnen Basketball Centre.[17] In one of Canberra's opening games of the season, she led the team in scoring with 12 points in a loss against Dandengong.[18] In a 13 November 2011 game against the West Coast Waves, she scored 21 points, had seven rebounds, and seven assists.[19] In the 18 December 2011, 85–78 victory over the Bulleen Boomers, she scored 22 points, and was one of Canberra's top three scorers.[20] In 2011/2012, Tolo's height was used as part of the strategy to scare and intimidate other teams.[21] It was used in the game against the Australian Institute of Sport team in early December.[22] In the game right before the WNBL broke for the holiday against the Bulleen Boomers, she injured her ankle.[23] The local press asserted that Tolo herself with the team, had become a more responsible team member and was taking more shots during games.[24]

The Townsville Fire tried to sign her at the end of the season when she became a free agent.[25]

 As of August 2012 Tolo moved to France to play for Aix En Provence in the Ligue Féminine de Basket [26] with former AIS teammate Cayla Francis 

SEABL[edit]

In 2010, Tolo played for the Nunawading Spectres in the SEABL season held between the end of the 2009/2010 WNBL season and start of the 2010/2011 season.[7] Tolo contemplated playing for a Canberra based SEABL team during the Canberra Capitals off-season in 2012.[27]

National team[edit]

Marianna Tolo at day two of the Opals camp.
Marianna Tolo at day two of the Opals camp.

Tolo was a member of the junior national team, where she had 31 caps.[5] As a member of this team, she competed at the 2006 FIBA Oceania U19 Championships.[5] She as a member of the senior team in 2007, where she was part of the team that competed at the 2007 FIBA Oceania Women's Championships.[5] She was a member of the national squad during 2008.[5] In late March, early April 2008, she participated in a week long training camp with the national team in Canberra.[28] She was part of the 2009 national side selected to compete against the New Zealand national team during the Oceania Championship,[29][30] where her team took home gold.[5]

Tolo was a member of the national team in 2010. She was supposed to compete in a Salamanca Invitational Basketball Tournament game against Spain, but had to miss the match because of a bad ankle.[31] In 2010, she also competed for Australia at the FIBA Women's World Championships.[5] In July 2011, she participated in the Olympic qualification competition.[32] Tolo was named to the Australia women's national basketball team that competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics qualifying tournament.[33][34][35][36] As of January 2012, she had 47 caps for the national team.[5] In late April and early May 2012, she was one of four of Australia's "big" players to participate in a special training camp for the team.[37] She was scheduled to participate in the national team training camp held from 14 to 18 May 2012 at the Australian Institute of Sport.[38]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Tall order feeding WNBL stars | smh.com.au". Sydney Morning Herald. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  3. ^ Dutton, Chris (7 March 2011). "Zumba record attempt a useful exercise – Local News – News – General". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2012-01-12. [dead link]
  4. ^ Dutton, Chris (9 March 2010). "Hurst eyes Opals, LJ statue in works – Local News – Sport – Basketball". Canberra Times (Canberra, Australia). Retrieved 2012-01-14. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Basketball Australia : Marianna Tolo". Basketball.net.au. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
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  8. ^ "Canberra ends Lightning's bolt – ABC Canberra – Australian Broadcasting Corporation". Abc.com.au. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
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