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The 6-foot-5-inch centre can be sure of expecting a lot of touches in the paint to put her post skills on full display.

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At the age of 28, Marianna Tolo already has a long list of accomplishments in her storied career, including a bronze medal from the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women where she led the team in scoring and rebounding.

The FIBA Women’s Asia Cup 2017 will be another opportunity to add to her medal tally.

The 6-foot-5-inch centre can be sure of expecting a lot of touches in the paint to put her post skills on full display.

On the defensive end, she dons the role of the rim protector.

“If you defend, things are going to flow into place on the offense,” Tolo had told

A product of the prestigious Australian Institute of Sport, Tolo’s professional career includes stints in Europe and with the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA (USA’s top-division women’s pro league). Back home in the WNBL (Australian top-division women’s pro league), she has played a vital role in leading the Canberra Capitals to two championships. As recently as last season, she was named WNBL’s Defensive Player of the Year.

“Tolo can do it all, there’s nothing that woman can’t do,” her former teammate Carly Wilson from the Canberra Capitals and WNBL legend had said.


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The Opals will be looking for a revival of sorts after crashing out of the 2016 Olympics at the quarterfinal stage. The first step to regaining a spot among the best in the world would be to dominate in Bengaluru.

It’s safe to say that Captain Tolo will only have winning on her mind.

Australia is placed in Group B along with Korea, Philippines and defending champions Japan.


India is hosting the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup from 23rd to 29th July 2017 in Bengaluru.

Australia’s campaign tips off against Korea at 11 am IST on Sunday, 23rd July.

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