#23 Michaela Mabrey
OVERVIEW: Nicknamed “Mike” … spent final two seasons as team captain, serving as a vocal leader on and off the floor for the Fighting Irish … blended seamlessly into the starting lineup in 2014-15 and emerged as one of the top three-point shooters in the ACC during her final three years … charismatic player who was tremendous fit in the Notre Dame system … embraced challenge of playing in big games … multi-talented backcourt player with exceptional basketball IQ … had tremendous range and efficiency with her three-point shot … instinctive passer who saw the court well … solid ball-handler with good feel for putting her teammates in position to succeed … understood all the nuances of the game at both ends of the floor … experience at Notre Dame was beneficial to younger Fighting Irish players, particularly her sister, Marina, with whom she played during the 2015-16 season (the first sister combination to play for Notre Dame women’s basketball program in same season since Carol and Maggie Lally in 1978-79).
IN THE NOTRE DAME RECORD BOOK (THROUGH 2015-16): Ranks third in school history for career three-point field goals attempted (576) … places fourth in program annals for career three-point field goals made (228 – the most by a graduating Fighting Irish player since Alicia Ratay finished with a school-record 262 treys from 1999-2003) … stands sixth in Notre Dame history for career games played (142) … ranks seventh in school history for career three-point field-goal percentage (.396) … only Fighting Irish player to make 60 three-pointers in three seasons and one of two (along with Ratay) to make 70 three-pointers in two seasons, ranking third, sixth and ninth on the Notre Dame single-season three-point field goals chart (75 in 2014-15; 72 in 2013-14; 64 in 2015-16) … stands third, sixth and 10th on school single-season three-point field-goal attempts list (186 in 2014-15; 171 in 2013-14; 160 in 2015-16) … ranks 10th on program’s single-season three-point percentage rundown (.421 in 2013-14).
SENIOR SEASON (2015-16): Team captain (the first two-time Fighting Irish captain since Brittany Mallory in 2010-11 and 2011-12) …started all 39 games (one of three players to make lineup for every contest), averaging 6.8 points and a career high-tying 2.4 assists per game … scored in double figures eight times … ranked sixth in ACC in three-point percentage (.400) and 13th in three-pointers per game (1.8) … in league play, was eighth in ACC in three-point percentage (.379) and ninth in three-pointers per game (2.1) … had six assists in season-opening win over Bucknell … scored eight points, including pair of first-half three-pointers, in road victory at South Dakota State … tallied 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 3FG) in Junkanoo Jam opener vs. Denver … logged 10 points in Junkanoo Jam title game vs. UCLA … scored 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-4 3FG) while adding four assists and two steals at No. 1 UConn … piled up 15 points (4-7 3FG), career-high eight assists (all in first half) and season-best three steals in road win at TCU … collected 10 points and four assists at Saint Joseph’s … had five assists in victory vs. No. 18/15 Tennessee … blitzed No. RV/24 Syracuse for career high-tying 20 points while tying arena record with six 3FG (on 10 attempts) and adding six assists — fourth trey of night with 1:25 left in second quarter was 200th of her career (the fourth Notre Dame player to reach that milestone) … dished out game-high six assists at Georgia Tech … contributed to three-point barrage in road win at No. 12/9 Florida State with nine points (3-7 3FG) … scored 11 points (3-7 3FG) in victory over Clemson … chipped in 11 points (3-7 3FG) in ACC Tournament quarterfinal win over Duke … had six points and six assists in NCAA Championship first-round victory over North Carolina A&T.
JUNIOR SEASON (2014-15): Team captain … appeared in all 39 games, starting 38 times, while averaging 7.2 points and a career-high 2.4 assists per game … ranked third in the ACC in three-point percentage (.403) and eighth in three-pointers made per game (1.9) … ranked third on Notre Dame single-season list for three-pointers made (75) and attempted (186) … had 15 games with at least three three-pointers, including six with at least four triples … during conference play, ranked 15th in ACC in three-pointers made per game (1.7) … nabbed career-high six rebounds and dished out game-best six assists against Chattanooga … registered first career “5-5-5” game against Holy Cross with 11 points, career high-tying seven assists (no turnovers) and five rebounds, all in just 19 minutes … dropped in four three-pointers and finished with 12 points against Quinnipiac … went 5-for-7 from three-point range and scored 17 points while registering team-high four assists against Kansas … scored 11 points and dished out three assists against No. 15/10 Maryland … collected game-high six assists against Michigan … scored 11 points, making all three of her second-half three-point attempts, at UCLA … buried four three pointers at No. 21/22 Syracuse to finish with 12 points to go along with four rebounds … tallied 11 points (3-6 3FG) against Boston College … scored nine points (3-7 3FG), including clinching three-pointer with 2:41 remaining in key ACC road win at No. 12/10 North Carolina … got Irish going in wire-to-wire victory over No. 5/6 Tennessee with pair of three-pointers in opening 3:02 … collected eight points, four assists (no turnovers) and two steals against Georgia Tech … dished out six assists (one turnover) at Clemson … erupted for career-high 20 points (career high-tying 6-for-9 on three-pointers) and added game-best five assists in win at Boston College — made five triples in first half, most for ND player in one half since Nov. 29, 2008 (Kellie Watson – first half vs. Michigan State) … dished out game-high six assists in ACC Tournament championship game against No. 7/6 Florida State … scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds in NCAA first-round win over Montana … had game-high 19 points (5-7 3FG) in NCAA second-round win over DePaul; five treys were fourth-most by ND player in NCAA tourney game (most since Brittany Mallory’s six triples vs. Oklahoma in 2011 Sweet 16) … continued hot streak with 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-4 3FG) in first half of NCAA Elite Eight win over No. 5/6 Baylor; three-point percentage was best ever by ND player in NCAA tournament game … totaled five points with game highs in assists (5) and steals (3) in NCAA Final Four win over No. 3/4 South Carolina … scored nine points on a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point line in NCAA title game against No. 1 UConn … shot staggering .750 from three-point line (15-for-20) in 2015 NCAA Championship, the fifth-highest cumulative three-point percentage by one player in a single tournament in NCAA postseason history.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013-14): Played in all 38 games, including first career start (Jan. 23 vs. Miami) … averaged career-high 8.6 points, 2.2 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game … ranked fourth in ACC in three-point percentage (.421) and 11th in three-pointers made (1.9) … piled up career-best 17 double-figure scoring games … at the time, ranked fourth (now fifth) on ND single-season three-pointers list (72), fifth (now sixth) on single-season three-point attempts list (171), and eighth (now ninth) on school’s single-season three-point percentage chart (.421) … made multiple three-pointers in 23 games, including seven games with at least four triples … set several career highs in season opener against UNC Wilmington, including new personal bests for points (19), field goals made (7), field goal attempts (13), free throws made (4 – tied), free throw attempts (5) and minutes played (27) … also had six assists, one off career high … had 11 points and four assists against Valparaiso … tallied third double-figure scoring effort of season at Penn, totaling 13 points (5-9 FG, 2-3 3FG) … collected 12 points (5-8 FG, 2-3 3FG) and three assists in win over Duquesne … valuable contributor at No. 10/11 Penn State with nine points, including eight in a row (jumper, back-to-back 3FG) during a two-minute span in second half when PSU had closed to within 10 points midway through period … tied career high with seven assists and set career high with four steals against UCLA … added eight points and two boards … had career day from behind the arc at Michigan (4-8 3FG) to highlight fifth double-digit scoring effort of season … finished with 14 points, three assists and career-high two blocks … deadly accurate against Central Michigan, scoring 17 points (6-8 FG, 4-5 3FG) … tied career high in three-pointers made and minutes played (27) … added six assists and two steals … blistered nets for 18 points (6-9 FG, 5-6 3FG) against Boston College … five three-pointers were career high and one off the arena record … turned in another deadly performance from behind the arc at Pittsburgh, going 4-for-5 from three to finish with 13 points (4-6 FG) and five assists (one turnover) … punctuated ND comeback win at No. 11/10 Tennessee, nailing pair of three-pointers 29 seconds apart midway through second half … finished with 15 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3FG, 2-2 FT), three assists and two rebounds … got starting nod vs. Miami in place of injured Jewell Loyd, totaling 10 points, three assists and two steals in career-high 29 minutes … returned to reserve role at No. 8/6 Maryland and scored 13 points (4-7FG, 3-6 3FG, 2-2 FT), including critical three-pointer with 3:18 left to give ND four-point advantage … dropped in eight points (3-6 FG, 2-5 3FG) at No. 3 Duke … shot early and often against Syracuse, finishing with 18 points (career-high 6-of-14 3FG), including flurry of three triples in span of 1:09 during first half … six 3FG tied Purcell Pavilion record, while 14 3FG attempts were one off both the school and arena records … dropped in 10 points and grabbed three rebounds against Georgia Tech … had season high-tying four rebounds against No. 14/11 North Carolina … canned 4-of-6 three-pointers (12 points) and dished out four assists in ACC quarterfinal win over Florida State … chalked up 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3FG) in ACC semifinal victory over No. 14/17 North Carolina State … contributed seven points (2-5 3FG) in ACC title game win over No. 10 Duke … led way with game-high 16 points (6-7 FG, 4-5 3FG) in NCAA first-round win over Robert Morris — best overall shooting day by ND player in NCAA tournament since 2001 (Ruth Riley – 6-6 vs. Alcorn State) … fueled first-half comeback in NCAA national championship game vs. No. 1 Connecticut, sinking pair of three-pointers on the way to finishing with 10 points.
2013 EUROPEAN TOUR: Played in all three games (starting twice) and ranking third on the team at 12.3 points per game … connected at .474 clip from the three-point line (9-of-19) … shredded Barking Abbey for game-high 24 points (9-18 FG, 6-12 3FG) and seven rebounds in tour-opening win … chalked up 10 points and game-best four steals in first of two wins over French All-Star Team.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012-13): Appeared in 30 games during her rookie season, averaging 3.0 points and 1.3 assists per game and scoring in double figures three times … dropped in 10 points (2-6 3FG) and added three assists in college debut, a home-opening win over UMass … posted five assists and four rebounds in 24 minutes against Mercer …came off bench to drill three-pointer in first-half action at Central Michigan … missed four games after suffering ankle injury in practice Dec. 6 …returned from injury to nail a three against No. 11 Purdue in 13 minutes of action …had most productive game of young career against Saint Francis (Pa.), scoring a season-high 18 points (6-12 FG, 2-4 3FG, 4-4 FT) and dishing out a season-best seven assists (one turnover) in 22 minutes … made splash in her BIG EAST debut at No. 1 Connecticut, scoring 11 points (season-high 3-4 3FG), including two first-half treys as Irish built nine-point lead on way to first-ever road win over a top-ranked opponent …scored three points in 11 minutes of overtime win at South Florida, making game-clinching free throw with 6.1 seconds left in overtime … had three points and two assists at Pittsburgh …tallied eight points, season-high five rebounds and four assists against Providence …canned pair of three-pointers in first half at No. 9 Tennessee, finishing with six points in nine minutes as Irish earned first-ever road win over Lady Vols … scored five points, dished out two assists and added two steals in 16 minutes against No. 10/11 Louisville …scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in 12 minutes at Marquette …handed out four assists at Providence, while collecting three rebounds and two points …saw time in all five NCAA Championship contests for Notre Dame, recording single assists in first-round (Tennessee-Martin) and Sweet 16 (Kansas) wins.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Manasquan High School in Manasquan, New Jersey, where she was coached by Felix Romero, after spending her freshman season at St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, New Jersey … combined career per-game statistical averages (both schools) of 19.8 points and 4.9 assists … scored 2,123 points in her prep career, ranking fourth all-time among players from the Shore Conference, and making her the first 2,000-point scorer from the Shore since 1993, when Christie Pearce (Rampone) reached that milestone for Point Pleasant Boro before electing to devote her energy full-time to soccer (Rampone had more than 250 caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team, including five FIFA Women’s World Cup and four Olympic appearances, helping the Americans to the 1999 and 2015 World Cup titles and Olympic gold medals in 2004, 2008 and 2012) … career per-game statistical averages in three seasons at Manasquan of 22.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists …led the Shore Conference in scoring as both a sophomore and junior … as a senior in 2011-12, averaged 17.0 ppg., 6.2 rpg., 5.4 apg. and 2.8 spg., while leading Manasquan to a 32-2 record, a No. 17 national ranking in the final USA Today Super 25 poll, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Group III state title and the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions crown (across all groups/classes) … became one of only handful of New Jersey girls’ players ever to win two Tournament of Champions titles at different schools … had three 20-point outings in the state tournament and capped by a 26-point performance in the Tournament of Champions final against Gill St. Bernard’s … as a junior in 2010-11, averaged 23.4 ppg., 9.0 rpg., 5.9 apg. and 3.8 spg., while knocking down 42 three-pointers and .883 from the free throw line … as sophomore in 2009-10, averaged 26.9 ppg., 9.5 rpg. and 3.4 apg. with .821 free throw percentage … played her freshman season (2008-09) at St. John Vianney, averaging 12.0 ppg. and 5.0 apg., while helping team win NJSIAA Tournament of Champions … also sparkled on the AAU circuit, playing for New Jersey Demons and coach Rich Leary … program won four state-level AAU tournaments and finished second once in summer of 2011.
PREP AWARDS/HONORS: 2012 McDonald’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-America selection … finished second in Powerade Jam Fest Girls’ 3-Point Shootout at McDonald’s High School All-America Game in Chicago, narrowly losing in final, 17-16 … 2012 Gatorade New Jersey High School Player of the Year … 2012 ESPN Hoopgurlz Eastern All-Star Team … two-time all-state selection (first team in 2012, second team in 2011) … two-time all-metro (tri-state) first-team pick (2011, 2012) … two-time Coast Star Offensive Player of the Year (2011, 2012) … was near-consensus player of the year selection in 2012 by Newark Star-Ledger, MSG Varsity and Asbury Park Press, in addition to Coast Star … 2010 Newark Star-Ledger Sophomore of the Year … four-time all-region choice (2009-12) … four-time all-conference selection (2009-12) … made all-star teams at two AAU tournaments in summer of 2011 (U.S. Junior Nationals in Washington, D.C., and Lady Choz Festival), and was named to ESPN Hoopgurlz “Best of the Summer 2011” … ranked 20th by Blue Star Basketball … ranked 33rd by ESPN Hoopgurlz … ranked 36th by All-Star Girls Report … ranked 76th by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Member of 2012 USA Basketball Under-18 National Team that went 5-0 and won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Gurabo, Puerto Rico … appeared in all five games (started four times), averaging 12.8 points, 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game with .500 three-point percentage (16-of-32) and .489 overall field goal percentage (23-of-47) while scoring in double figures four times, including 14 points in gold-medal game against Brazil (3 3FG in 19-0 run that erased early 11-point deficit) … led all players in the eight-team tournament in assists, assist-to-turnover ratio (2.67) and three-pointers per game (3.2) … stamped name all over the USA Basketball U18 record books, setting new single-game record with 10 assists in win over the Dominican Republic, and tying another U.S. U18 record with an .833 three-point percentage (5-of-6) in victory over Colombia … also tied second-best tournament-long assist average (4.8) and three-point percentage (.500) by a USA Basketball player.
PERSONAL DATA: Last name is pronounced MAY-bree … daughter of Patti and Roy Mabrey … second of five siblings … younger sister, Marina, currently is a member of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, with the pair suiting up as college teammates during the 2015-16 season (the third sister combination to play for Notre Dame, and the first to do so in the same season since Carol and Maggie Lally during the program’s first two varsity seasons of 1977-78 and 1978-79 — Sheila and Sara Liebscher are the other sister combination to play for the Fighting Irish, Sheila from 1979-81 and Sara from 1987-91) … older brother, Roy played basketball from 2011-15 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire … among 10 New Jersey residents to join the Notre Dame women’s basketball program, and first in nearly two decades (Fighting Irish All-America guard/Turnersville native Karen Robinson played from 1987-91, followed by Keyport product Audrey Gomez from 1991-93) … talented cook (named Chef of the Month at her high school) … will graduate in May 2016 from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters with her bachelor’s degree in film, television and theater (television studies concentration) … spent final two seasons as team representative on Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) … earned certificate of merit for her participation in Notre Dame’s Rosenthal Leadership Academy in 2014-15 … some other Fighting Irish players who wore No. 23 include Melissa Lechlitner and Stacy Fields, while current associate coach/recruiting coordinator Niele Ivey wore the number as a freshman (1996-97).