Marianna Tolo

University of Canberra Capitals DOB: 2 Jul 1989 Height: 196 cm Position: Centre Number:

Hometown: Mackay, QLD

Junior Association: Mackay (QLD)

Current Club: University of Canberra Capitals (WNBL)

International Debut: 2009


Tolo made the big move from North Queensland to the AIS in 2006 to begin her basketball journey and it paid immediate dividends, with the 196cm forward/centre quickly establishing herself as one of the most promising young talls in the WNBL.

This exciting start led to national team attention, representing Australia at the 2007 FIBA Under 19 World Championship, 2009 FIBA Oceania Championship and 2009 World University Games, as Tolo became a regular in and around the Australian Opals setup.

A move to the Canberra Capitals garnered two WNBL Championships, with Tolo joining the conversation of elite frontcourt players, earning a spot in the 2010 FIBA World Championship squad.

Success with the Capitals continued with a WNBL All-Star Five honour in 2011, but it could not guarantee a place in the Opals squad for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Tolo headed overseas to take up a contract with French team Aix-en-Province, where she has quickly established herself as top 5 scorer and top 10 rebounder. This led to Tolo returning to Australian to help the Opals secure passage to the World Championships by defeating New Zealand at the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships.

It was another successful season in France – this time with Bourges Basket, reaching the LFB French League Finals and Euroleague semi-finals.

Tolo took her experience, toughness, and defensive presence to the WNBA at the beginning of 2015, signing with the Los Angeles Sparks but an ACL injury cut her season short.

She displayed toughness and determination to recover in time for the Rio Olympics though with her selection in the team a just reward for her hard work off the court.

Following her strong showing in the 2016 Olympic Games, Tolo has returned to Canberra and despite being away from the WNBL for four seasons, she did not take any time to readjust to life at home. The premier big has seen a resurgence from the Capitals, easily overcoming their poor season in the 2015/16 season.

Previous Clubs:

2006-2008 – AIS (WNBL)
2008-2012 – Canberra Capitals (WNBL)
2012-2013 – Aix-en-Province (France)
2013-2105 – Bourges Basket (France)
2015-2016 - Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
2016-Current - University of Canberra Capitals (WNBL)

Major Awards:

FIBA World Championship: 2010, 2014 (Bronze)
World University Games: 2009 (Bronze), 2011 (Bronze), 2013 (Bronze)
FIBA Oceania Championship: 2009, 2011, 2013
WNBL Champion: 2009, 2010
WNBL All-Star Five: 2011