Blazers News · Emma, Sophia Nolan Sign NLIs with St. John’s University


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Emma and Sophia Nolan inked their National Letters of Intent (NLI) Thursday afternoon inside the Scholl Center. The most accomplished girls’ basketball players in Marquette history will continue their academic and athletic careers at St. John’s University in New York.

“We are beyond grateful for the opportunity to take the next step towards our future. We’d like to thank Coach T (head women’s basketball coach Joe Tartamella) and the St. John’s Women’s Basketball family for having faith in us. We can’t wait to be a part of this remarkable team. To our family, friends, coaches, and MQTT family who have stuck by us and helped us get to where we are today, we will be forever grateful to all of you,” Emma Nolan said.

Emma currently sits at 1,463 career points, second all-time for the program, and fourth overall in school history. Her 688 rebounds, 186 steals, and 176 blocks are all program watermarks. She shot 59% from the field last season en route to posting 20.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. An Indiana Junior All-Star, Emma was named 2018 Co-Player of the Year by the Michigan City News-Dispatch, NWI Times, and Post-Tribune.

Sophia enters the weekend as one of only two players in Marquette history to reach 1,500 points and is 58 shy of overtaking Ryan Fazekas’ all-time scoring record of 1,562 career points. Along with Emma, Sophia was named 2018 Co-Player of the Year by the Michigan City News-Dispatch, NWI Times, and Post-Tribune. Her 586 career rebounds and 170 career steals are both second in program history.

The Lady Blazers have enjoyed a 74-12 (.860) record since the Nolans arrived as freshmen, including three sectional titles, two regional crowns (2017, 2018), and the first state championship in program history this past February.

St. John’s, which is coming off a 19-win season in 2017-18, competes in the BIG EAST. The Red Storm have had four players selected in the WNBA Draft since 2013.