Mikayla Mabie received zero basketball scholarship offers from four-year schools when she graduated from Central Valley High School in 2016.
Mikayla spent two years at Fresno City College prior to signing a national letter of intent with Cal State University San Marcos in May.
“I’ve been dreaming about this day since I was a little girl,” said Mabie, a standout point guard. “It’s very exciting.”
Mikayla visited San Marcos, which is located in San Diego County, on March 29.
She made a verbal commitment to the Cougars on April 22.
Mabie caught San Marcos head coach Renee Jimenez’s attention while filling the stat sheeting during Fresno City College’s 88-81 win over L.A. Trade-Tech in the quarterfinals of the California Community College Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Championship on May 8 at Ventura College.
Mikayla had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists.
She made 5 of 11 shots from the floor and five of six free throws.
“I got noticed because of the Elite 8 game,” Mabie stated. “She (Jimenez) wants me to come in and be a leader. My role is to make a difference.”
Mabie enjoyed a memorable two-year run at Fresno City College.
She had career averages of 10.1 points, 6.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals.
Mabie averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals her sophomore year with the Rams, who reached the Final Four of the CCCAA Tournament, compiled a 27-6 overall record and claimed a share of the Central Valley Conference crown (10-2).
She shot 46.6 percent from the field and 70.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Mabie collected 18 points, seven assists, two rebounds and one steal against Siskiyous in the NorCal Regional finals on March 3. Fresno City prevailed, 95-49.
Mikayla totaled nine points and five rebounds in the Rams’ 65-49 loss to state-runner-up Merced College in the semifinals on March 10. Mabie was selected to the Final Four All-Tournament Team.
Mikayla was named to the CCCAA Northern California All-State Third Team her freshman year.
She also earned first-team all-CVC honors.
Mabie averaged a state-leading 7.6 assists per game for Fresno City College, which posted a 23-8 overall record, placed second in the conference standings and advanced to the Northern California Regional playoffs.
She had scoring and rebounding averages of 9.3 and 3.6, respectively.
Mikayla shot 44 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point range.
Mabie averaged 10.8 points and 8.5 assists per game in CVC play.
“My teammates became my sisters and the assistant coaches were so close to me. That got me through each day of practice.”Mikayla Mabie
“My teammates became my sisters and the assistant coaches were so close to me,” Mabie said. “That got me through each day of practice.”
Mabie thrived under head coach Brian Tessler’s guidance.
“I tried quitting Fresno City’s team three times,” Mikayla said. “I went home, cried to my mom and came back to school. I don’t regret coming here. I played basketball for the toughest coach in California. He’s a perfectionist. He’s very old fashioned. He made me stronger, mentally and physically.”
Mabie accomplished a first in Central Valley girls basketball program history by being named Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player her senior year.
Mikayla averaged 13.9 points, 10.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while leading the Hawks to an 18-8 overall record, a share of the WAC championship (11-1) and their second straight Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.
Mabie garnered first-team all-conference honors as a junior. She averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 steals per contest.
Mikayla was a role player with Central Valley during her sophomore year. The Turlock High transfer averaged 4.7 points, 3.0 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals.
“I’ve been around basketball since the moment I was born,” Mabie said. “My mom was coaching with me when she was pregnant. Without her, I wouldn’t be the player I am. I got my basketball IQ from her. She’s always believed in me.”