Minot native Marney Gellner makes history with NBA broadcast

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CHICAGO, Ill. – Minot native and Minnesota sports broadcaster Marney Gellner has made history, as only the second woman to call play-by-play for a televised NBA game, according to Kare 11, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis.

The Fox Sports North broadcaster called play-by-play for a game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls Wednesday, filling in for Wolves broadcaster Dave Benz.

Gellner has worked at Fox Sports North for 16 years, covering basketball and baseball. She joins Leandra Reilly, who called two games back in 1988, as the only women to call play-by-play for televised NBA games.

Last September, ESPN made longtime broadcaster Doris Burke the first full-time female NBA game analyst.

Gellner tweeted a photo of herself courtside in Chicago on Wedneday, saying “A memorable night in Chicago – thanks to all who reached out with such supportive comments.”

Gellner studied at University of Mary and played volleyball and softball at the school.