South Bend This isn't exactly the way Marina Mabrey hoped to end her storied Notre Dame career.
Yes, her team is in the Final Four for the second-straight year, with a chance to win back-to-back national championships for the first time in program history. But the Irish have made it to Tampa largely in spite of Mabrey, rather than because of.
The senior guard has been marred in a major slump throughout the entire NCAA Tournament. The sharpshooter has scored just 15 points through four games, and is shooting 20% (5-25) from the field.
The numbers are even worse from three-point land - an area she usually dominates. Mabrey has made only two of the 15 threes she's put up this tournament, a shocking stat for the most prolific three-point shooter in school history.
While Mabrey is definitely struggling, she's taking a new approach to how she's handling the shots not falling.
"At this point, I don't really care if it goes in or doesn't go in," Mabrey said. "I mean, I obviously want it to go in, but I would rather win. If I score zero points, and we win - I feel like I've already proved what I can do."
"This little whatever-you-want-to-call-it is not really putting such a damper on me," she added. "I'm going to shoot with confidence still. I'm not taking bad shots, they're just going all the way in the basket and coming out, so I don't know what else to do at this point. Maybe the basketball gods will bless me next week. We'll see."
Mabrey and the Irish take on UConn in the Final Four in Tampa Bay on Friday night. Tip off is at 9:30pm.