NOTRE DAME, Ind. – There has been a Mabrey on campus for eight consecutive years and, as the ninth year commences, Notre Dame is adding one more. This past week, Dara Mabrey officially became Irish, transferring from Virginia Tech into the Notre Dame women’s basketball program.
Dara joins sister Michaela, a current assistant coach and program alum, and will become the third Mabrey to play for the Irish. Sister Marina cemented her place in Irish history after helping lead Notre Dame to a 2018 national championship and becoming the program’s all-time three-point leader. She currently plays for the Dallas Wings.
“I am thrilled to welcome Dara Mabrey to our team,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Notre Dame Head Coach Niele Ivey stated. “We have an incredible history of success with the Mabrey family and I am looking forward to continuing that track record with Dara. Between her three-point shooting capability, competitive drive, and ACC experience, I think she will be a great addition to the new era of Irish basketball.”
Dara, a 5-7 guard from Belmar, New Jersey, leaves Virginia Tech after two seasons in which she started in all 64 games played. Mabrey tallied 738 total points (11.5 ppg) and already ranked seventh all-time in made three-pointers with 155.
In addition, Mabrey set the program record with 80 made treys during the 2018-19 campaign – a mark that would have tied for fifth all-time at Notre Dame.
“I am blessed to be a part of a family that contains my immediate family,” Dara Mabrey said. “It is an opportunity not many people can say they had and I’m grateful to play for the same university as my sisters, while creating my own story here in South Bend.”
Last season, Mabrey averaged 11.9 points for the Hokies and dished out 53 assists, all while ranking third in the ACC in three-point shooting percentage (.364).
During her All-ACC Freshman Team campaign, Mabrey averaged 11.2 points with 92 total assists, while ranking third nationally from beyond the arc, converting a blistering 46.2 percent.
Mabrey also put in the work off the court as well, earning ACC All-Academic Team honors both years.
“I’m the proudest sister in the world when I think about Dara committing and becoming a part of our Notre Dame family,” Michaela Mabrey added. “Her contagious personality, leadership and work ethic will add immediately to our team. I couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds.”
Barring a waiver from the NCAA, Mabrey will sit out the 2020-21 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining thereafter.
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