Marianna ToloAfter being one of the last two cut from the side for the London 2012 Games and an injury scare midway through 2015 almost derailed her Rio 2016 campaign, Marianna Tolo overcame plenty of adversity to make her Olympic Games debut. Tolo started her career at the AIS before winning WNBL Championships with the Canberra Capitals, getting her first chance in the green and gold in 2007. She lined up for Australia as they finished fifth at the 2010 World Championships and headed to France in 2012 where she would go on to play four seasons in the top division. Tolo helped the side to bronze at the 2014 World Championships when she was the side’s leading scorer having put up 12.2 points per game while leading the tournament in shooting percentage, connecting on 56% of her shots from the field. A torn ACL midway through her first season in the WNBA ensured it would be a race against the clock for the Rio 2016 Games but Tolo wasn’t going to let anything stand in the way of her Olympic dream.
Australia opened their Rio campaign against hosts Brazil and after trailing by ten at the first break, the side fought back to secure a 84-66 win. A close victory over Turkey was followed up with another dominant 18 point victory over France where Tolo scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Facing Japan in their fourth match, the side was down by 16 early in the fourth quarter fighting back to claim a 92-86 win as Tolo scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Another comeback win, this time against Belarus, ensured the Aussies finished the group undefeated to set up a quarter-final clash with Serbia. The match was back and forth the whole way with Serbia claiming a two point lead with just 10 seconds to go. The Aussies had the chance to level the match but couldn’t score as the side's run of five straight women’s Olympic basketball medals came to an end.
Tolo finished the tournament averaging 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 21 minutes per game.