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Belmar’s Best: Marina Mabrey Lifts Notre Dame to Championship Win

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BELMAR, NJ — “To all the male women’s basketball haters, y’all can get in the kitchen and make us a sandwich now, thanks.” That’s what Belmar’s Marina Mabrey told the Twitterverse after she helped lead the University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team to the 2018 NCAA National Championship win on Easter Sunday.

And she has every reason to be proud after her performance in the victory. With only two minutes left in the game and her team down 58-53,  the junior guard made the Fighting Irish’s first three-point basket of the night — rallying them to victory when teammate Arike Ogunbowale’s sunk another three-pointer at the final buzzer to beat Mississippi State University 61-58 for the coveted title.

Mabrey’s resilience and perseverance made her a key player for top-seeded Notre Dame throughout the tournament, scoring 25 points in its victory over Texas A&M in the Sweet Sixteen and then another 15 points in its Elite Eight win over Oregon.

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But those in her hometown of Belmar and the surrounding area were not surprised by her stellar play-making and point-scoring in the tournament. In 2012 and 2015, she lifted the Manasquan High School girls’ basketball team to two NJSIAA Tournament of Champions in 2012 and 2015 — just like her sister younger sister, Dara, did this year … on St. Patrick’s Day.

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