Freshman Year (2011-12)
|Marissa Ferreira -
UAB's top bowler with an average of 181.1 during the team's inaugural season ... joined Leah Walker and Jamie Cowden as the only Blazers to bowl in all 41 traditional games on the season ... finished in the top 25 individually in six of UAB's eight events, including three top-3 finishes ... placed second behind teammate Jamie Cowden at South Carolina State's Bulldog Roundup (Feb. 3-4) and helped the Blazers to the team title ... also led UAB to its first-ever tournament win at Elizabeth City State's Beach Open (Nov. 4-6), where she was the sixth-best individual competitor ... posted her best game and the best by any UAB bowler with a 245 against Fayetteville State at the Bulldog Roundup ... surpassed the 200-mark on eight other occasions, including twice against a Sam Houston State team that was ranked in the top 10 ... averaged 198.4 over five traditional games at the Big Red Invitational (Jan. 20) against one of the strongest fields of the year ... averaged 194.7 over six games at the season-ending Music City Classic (March 16-18) to tie for 17th among 130 individual competitors in another strong field ... named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Competed in the Florida state finals four times, three with her Santaluces High School team and once as an individual ... helped Santaluces to its first state championship as a junior in 2009 and finished seventh in the state individually ... her four-game score of 904 in state tournament qualifying that year was the third-highest in state history and included games of 287 and 242 ... compiled a 187 average over her final two years of high school bowling ... was an all-county selection by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and an all-area selection by the Palm Beach Post.
Marissa Sherry-Denise Ferreira ... born July 19, 1993 in Portsmouth, Va. ... daughter of Joseph and Julie Ferreira ... has one brother, Zack Wilder, and one sister, Allison Ferreira ... majoring in psychology.