Perhaps the most complete basketball player to ever don a VC Pirates uniform, Marina could do so many things well that fans marveled at her abilities and athleticism during her two years on the VC women's team. Her leadership on the court was unmistakable; her unselfish,up tempo, relentless defensive playing style set the standard for point guards at VC.
Marina was born in Mexico and began playing basketball there at age 9. By age 12, Marina led her All Mexican national team to the semifinals of the 1984 Central American Games.
In 1994 Marina came to the US and enrolled at VC. Struggling to understand that language and the fundamentals of VC basketball, Marina nonetheless led the #2 ranked VC women's basketball team to the State semifinals. The team record was 28-3, and Marina earned a spot on the All Tournament Second Team. During her first year at VC, Marina earned Western State Conference CO- MVP, All State Second Team, and MVP of the Cypress Tournament.
Marina had a stellar sophomore season culminating with a team record of 31-0 and the first ever VC Women's State Championship. Marina's individual accomplishments and awards during the 1995-1996 season could fill an almanac. Following are the awards:
- Most Valuable Player, Chaffey and Sequoias tournaments.
- Most Valuable Player award for the Ventura College women's team.
- Ventura College women's team Best Defensive Player award.
- Western State Conference Academic Athlete of the Year.
- All Western State Conference First Team.
- California Community College Co-State Player of the Year.
- Most Valuable Player, Community College State Tournament.
- California State All Tournament Team.
- Students Sports Magazine, National Most Valuable Player, Community Colleges.
- Students Sports Magazine, National All America Team, Community Colleges.
- Selected Athlete of the Year by the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame.
After graduating from Ventura College, Marina played briefly at Oregon State University, then one year at Cal Poly Pomona, leading them to the "Sweet 16". When Marina ended her playing career, the teams she played for lost a combined 15 games.