Sparked: Mabrey Selected by Los Angeles in WNBA Draft
Former Manasquan and Notre Dame standout Marina Mabrey was selected by the Los Angels Sparks in the second round of the WNBA Draft on Wednesday night.
Mabrey, the 19th pick, just wrapped up her four-year career with the Fightning Irish on Sunday night, dropping in 21 points in an 82-81 loss to Baylor in the NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship. A year ago, she was instrumental in Notre Dame winning the national title.
Notre Dame became the first program to ever have all five starters selected within the first 20 picks in the WNBA Draft. Jackie Young was tabbed as the No. 1 overall selection by the Las Vegas Aces. The Dallas Wings chose Arike Ogunbowale with the fifth pick, Brianna Turner went to the Atlanta Dream at No. 11 and Minnesota Lynx nabbed Jessica Shepard at No. 16.
Mabrey, a 5-11 guard who averaged 12.8 points per game as a senior, adds yet another chapter to a stellar basketball career. She was named a McDonald’s All-American as well as the Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year in 2015 when she delivered 26.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game while steering Manasquan to a 31-2 mark that culminated with an unforgettable performance in her the season finale. She deposited the final 13 points for Manasquan, including a go-ahead bucket with 51.7 seconds left that snapped a deadlock and propelled the Warriors past archrival St. Rose for a 59-55 victory in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final. She finished with 36 points on 14-of-26 accuracy from the field and a 7-for-8 showing at the line to go with 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks.
Mabrey scored 2,523 career points in high school and appeared in four TOCs, winning as a freshman with her older sister Michaela and as a senior with her freshman sibling Dara in the backcourt.