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Mabrey Fills Her Role For #2 Irish Three-Mendously
Sophomore guard Michaela Mabrey has made 57 three-pointers this year, tying for 10th-most in one season in school history and most since 2005-06 (58 by Megan Duffy).
 
Sophomore guard Michaela Mabrey has made 57 three-pointers this year, tying for 10th-most in one season in school history and most since 2005-06 (58 by Megan Duffy).

Feb. 28, 2014

A key component of athletics is the notion of improvement-- perfecting one's sport. Although it is not possible to become truly perfect, one can get as close as possible through intense commitment and long hours of practice.

This is something sophomore guard Michaela Mabrey of the second-ranked Notre Dame women's basketball team knows firsthand. Hoping for a bigger role on the Fighting Irish roster, the Belmar, N.J., native worked harder than ever in the offseason to improve for the 2013-2014 season.

While many of her friends and classmates were relaxing and having fun, Mabrey instead spent her summer training. The sophomore dedicated many hours every day in the summer to working out and practicing all in hopes of becoming a better shooter and getting back into shape.

"Coach (Muffet McGraw) and I talked about my role after last season and she said she wanted it to be bigger," Mabrey explains. "I took this to heart, and when I came back to school for summer and preseason, I really focused on getting better and getting back into shape."

Mabrey's efforts in practice have certainly paid off as she emerges as one of Notre Dame's top reserves in 2013-14. Coming off the bench, she leads the team in three-pointers and averages 9.2 points per game, more than tripling her production as a freshman.

In addition, Mabrey ranks fifth in the ACC with a .404 three-point percentage and places 10th in the conference with 2.0 three-pointers made per game, making her a force to be reckoned with at the three-point line. Her high three-point percentage can be attributed in part to making at least three triples in seven games this year, including a career-high 6-of-14 vs. Syracuse Feb. 9 at Purcell Pavilion (tying the arena record for three-pointers in one game).

In addition to her three-point prowess, Mabrey also consistently reaches double figures in scoring and has already has scored in double figures 13 times this year (including a career-high 19 points in the season opener against UNC-Wilmington) after doing so three times in 30 games last season.

 

 

Shooting aside, the guard has also improved her assist-to-turnover ratio and defensive game as well, making Mabrey a triple threat on the court and allowing her to see much more time this year.

"I've really taken on the role of being a shooter, having a good assist-to-turnover ratio, making sure my player doesn't get the ball and playing the best defense I can," she says. "I've really embraced that and tried to expert that role."

Although her role has greatly increased, the sophomore remains unfazed and enjoys being a contributor to the team.

"I do have a much bigger role than I did last year, but I don't feel l pressured at all," Mabrey says. "I love being out on the court and helping my team win games."

Mabrey's head-on attitude is exactly what the team needs as they move through the ACC. The Irish (28-0, 15-0 ACC) have already clinched their first regular season ACC title and their third in a row overall, satisfying one of the team's preseason goals.

As for Mabrey's personal goals, the sophomore only hopes to continue to contribute and to keep progressing for next season.

"Coming from last year to now is a huge step for me, and I'm exactly where I want to be right now in shooting," Mabrey says. "I just need to make sure I keep my percentages high and keep improving my assist-to-turnover ratio.

"I also need to start taking on a more vocal role. Even next year, I'm expecting my role to get bigger and I'm expecting to have another big and new role as a voice on the team."

-- Tayler Turner, Media Relations Student Assistant

Event Calendar

Delta

November 3
7:00 PM
Roberts Wesleyan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 11
7:00 PM
Central Michigan Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 14
7:00 PM
WNIT Quarterfinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 17
7:00 PM
WNIT Semifinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 20
3:00 PM
WNIT Final
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

CBS Sports Network
November 22
8:00 PM
UL-Lafayette
Houston, Texas (Campbell Center)
November 26
1:00 PM
TCU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 30
9:00 PM
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

BTN
December 4
1:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 7
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
December 10
8:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)

BTN
December 27
6:30 PM
Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)
December 29
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)

ACC Network Extra
January 2
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)
January 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 8
3:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN Flex
January 12
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACC Network Extra
January 16
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

ESPN2
January 19
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
January 22
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Carmichael Arena)

ESPNU
January 26
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 29
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
February 2
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
February 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
February 19
5:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

ESPN2
February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
March 17
TBA
NCAA First/Second Rounds
TBD
March 24
TBA
NCAA Regionals
TBD
March 31
TBA
NCAA Semifinals
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
April 2
TBA
NCAA Final
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

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