Story by Lorenzo Serrato, Sports Editor
Aquinas center and current senior Marissa Brady broke the AQ single season blocks record in her victory over Lourdes University last month. With this victory on Jan. 19, the Aquinas women’s basketball program improved to 12-9 in their campaign.
For Brady, her block totals continue to climb, reaching 79 on the season. The record was previously held by former player Jackie Braspenninx, who totaled 75 blocks during the 2003-04 season.
“My season blocks accomplishment is overall really exciting, mostly because I came so close to breaking the record last year but didn’t have enough games due to the season being cut short with COVID,” Brady said.
Brady also shined on the offensive side in their win against Lourdes, finishing with 19 points and accumulating 16 rebounds. In total, Brady has notched 238 total rebounds this season. Her leadership and ability to produce in the big moments have fueled the Saints early this season.
“My entire 4-year career playing for Aquinas has definitely been a journey,” Brady said. “Practicing against two talented players, Hannah Brefeld and Michaela Faber, has helped grown my game both offensively and defensively in so many ways”.
Brady’s humbleness, work ethic, and academic excellence has been a bright spot for the women’s basketball program. The Waterford native has been crucial for the program’s sustained success.
“I can’t go without giving my parents half the credit,” Brady said. “My mom’s continuous support and my dad’s offensive tips and encouragement have paved the path to where I am now”.