Grace Signs 5’9” Forward Marisa Brown

Marisa Brown from Monclair, California, will be joining the women's basketball team this fall as a junior.
Marisa Brown from Monclair, California, will be joining the women's basketball team this fall as a junior.

OMAHA, NEBRASKA: Coach Rogers and the women's basketball team are excited to announce the signing of junior transfer Marisa Brown. 

Marisa Brown, the daughter of John and Jessica Avalos, grew up in Delaware and Philadelphia.  When she was 13, she moved to Monclair, California.  Brown attended high school at Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, California, where she played basketball for four years under Richard Waird.  She has spent the last two years attending Citrus College in Glendora, California.  Brown attends Purpose Church, where she serves in the FSM (fifth/sixth ministry) by being a small group leader for a group of girls. 

In high school, Brown played basketball all four years.  She was a 2nd Team All-CIF Selection and the team captain; she was also chosen to play in the San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game.  Brown played at Citrus College in Glendora, California, during both her freshman and sophomore year of college.  Her sophomore year, she started in 24 of the 26 games in which she played.  She shot 42.7% from the field, 30% from the three-point line, and 72.7% from the free throw line.  She averaged a double-double with 16.0 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per games.  She grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in a game against College of the Canyons on November 6, 2016.  She scored a career-high 31 points against Victor Valley on February 8, 2017.  Brown scored 10 or more points in 23 of her 26 games played; she scored 20 or more points in 7 games.  She received 1stTeam All-Conference Honors for the 2016-2017 season and was a team captain. 

"I choose Grace University due to the family environment I felt between Coach Rogers and the players.  I felt welcomed joining the family and plan on making big things happen in my two years of attending Grace," Brown says. 

"We are very excited to bring Marisa on board here at Grace University!" Coach Rogers says of Brown.  "She is a wonderful individual and a skilled player that loves to compete.  Her size and speed are instrumental in what we are looking for this upcoming season."

by Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff