Take a look at one of the most dominant and driven women’s basketball players, from right here in Monmouth County, NJ!
The Climb To The Top
Local Manasquan High School grad, Marina Mabrey, has taken women’s basketball to the next level. In her time at MHS, she helped her teams with an overall 115-12 record, four Shore conference titles, two NJSIAA state championships, and two NJ Tournament of Champions crowns. Because of her competitive drive and achievement, she was selected for the 2015 McDonald’s High School All-American team, as well as many other honorable awards.
Fast forward to college, where she played at Notre Dame side-by-side with her older sister, Michaela. In her junior and senior year she averaged 14.4 and 12.8 points, along with leading the team to back-to-back NCAA championship games both years. Following her senior season in 2019, she was selected as the 19th overall pick in the WNBA Draft by the LA Sparks.
Before appearing in the WNBA, she played overseas in 2019-20 in Latvia. She appeared in 31 games for her rookie campaign for the LA Sparks and averaged 11.5 minutes a game before being traded to the Dallas Wings for the 2020-21 season. She was moved to the starting lineup for the team in August of 2020 and her current career high is 24 points.
In 2019, Marina designed and sold “This Is My Kitchen” shirts and apparel in reference to sexism and sports. Her take on the issue, “To all the male women’s basketball haters, y’all can get in the kitchen and make us a sandwich now, thanks.” She decided to create this apparel in response to sexist online comments and reactions surrounding the rise of women’s basketball. She uses her platform to continue the trend of speaking out on issues within the WNBA and for her and fellow players.
Marina continues to be a trailblazer for young female athletes, and is truly an example that hard work and achievement pays off.
The Future Is Bright
She may have grown up in a small beach town, but now she is doing big things. Marina is currently still a player for the Dallas Wings, in the second season of her WNBA career. In the 2020-21 season, she had a career high of 36 minutes played, six threes, and scored double digits in 12 of 13 games. Her future in the WNBA is prominent and her drive will continue to make her unstoppable. Have a look at some of her highlights here, and wish this hometown athlete the best of luck!
See some of her work on our player profile page and wish this Hometown Athlete well.