Sister Showdown: Marina Mabrey to face younger sister Dara against Hokies

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Sports teams often describes themselves as a family, because of the bond between teammates and all the time they spend together.

Well, Wednesday night, when Notre Dame tips off against Virginia Tech, it will literally be a family affair.

Irish senior guard Marina Mabrey will go head-to-head with her younger sister, Dara, who is a freshman with the Hokies.

The older Mabrey is averaging 14.1 ppg for the top-ranked team in the country, but the younger sister isn't too shabby herself, putting up 12 points per game.

Her team though is unranked, and like any younger sibling, would love to show up the big sis. It'll be sister vs. sister Wednesday night in Blacksburg. Marina said she's excited for it, but her coach isn't so sure.

"This is going to be really interesting," Muffet McGraw said. "I'm not sure whether to match them up together or try to keep them far apart."

"I'm just excited that my family gets to be a part of something like this," Marina Mabrey said. "A lot of people don't get to see their siblings play against each other at such a high level, so I'm really just excited to see my family and experience this."

"I think it's going to be difficult, I really do," McGraw added. "They have such a close relationship, and Dara is out to prove a point with both Michaela and Marina playing here, I think she just wants to show them how good she is, and she's having a great start to her freshman year. Marina being the senior, and the older, I'm hoping that her poise and her ability to separate will help us."

These games are always hardest on the parents. With a kid on each side, who do you root for? Marina said her mom and dad will be sitting in the Virginia Tech section, but will be wearing a shirt that is half Notre Dame, and half Virginia Tech.

Tip off between the Irish and Hokies is at 7pm.