Scouting Report: Makenna Marisa

Makenna Marisa has serious game.

Makenna Marisa with basketball photo courtesy Penn State Athletics

Makenna Marisa, the Lady Lions’ senior point guard, averaged 22 points per game last season on her way to first-team all–Big Ten honors, and recorded the program’s first triple-double in nearly 34 years. We asked the WNBA hopeful about the players who have influenced her well-rounded style of play.

DEFENSE ON LOCK
Marisa's battle with former Northwestern point guard Veronica Burton, who just wrapped up her rookie season with the Dallas Wings, left an impression. She often watches clips of the three-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year to see what she can pick up. "She's such a high-IQ defender," Marisa says. "I would like my game to be more like hers."

FILLING THE STAT SHEET
Marisa has long been an admirer of New York Liberty point guard Sabrina Ionescu, the NCAA's career leader in triple-doubles following a standout career at Oregon. "She has a complete game." Marisa, who averaged 4.2 assists per game last season, continues to work on her playmaking skills, "so that whatever I'm needed to do, I'm able to do it."

FAMILY TIES
Marisa’s mother, Donna Morgan Marisa ’86 Bus, played basketball at Penn State Behrend, and her grandfather, Rudy Marisa ’56 H&HD, was a member of the Nittany Lions’ 1954 Final Four team.