Marina Mabrey struggles in NCAA opening weekend

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Through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the Notre Dame women's basketball team looks like they're playing some of their best basketball.

For most of the team, that's true, but not for senior guard Marina Mabrey.

Through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Irish senior guard Marina Mabrey has shot 1-9 from the field for just 2 ppints, and 0-7 from beyond the arc.

Not hitting any three-pointers in two consecutive games is especially surprising, given Mabrey is the most prolific three-point shooter in school history.

She has though been able to contribute in other ways. In the first round win against Bethune-Cookman, Mabrey had seven assists and three steals, and added another four assists during Monday's second-round win over Michigan State.

Mabrey admitted it's been frustrating for her to not be hitting shots, but Irish coach Muffet McGraw has faith the points will come.

"I can't really control the ball going in," Mabrey said. "I guess it just wasn't my day again, so just finding my teammates who can make open shots. It's obviously hard, I expect it to go in every time, but when it doesn't, it doesn't make me happy. Agaun, I can't control that, so just doing the other things that I can control."

"Marina's under strict orders to get the ball in the post right now," McGraw said. "The last two games I felt like we've had an advantage, I do want her shooting a little more from the three-point line, but she had four assists in the second half after I talked to her at halftime about getting the ball in. She's running the team, she's playing great defense, she's doing everything we need her to do. Her scoring's going to come."

Mabrey has also been recovering from a hyper-extended knee she suffered in practice last week, but she insists the knee isn't an issue.

She'll try to break out of that slump on Saturday when the Irish take on Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 in Chicago. Tip off is at 4pm.