Senior Emma Nolan erupted for a career-high 38 points Thursday night as Marquette flexed its offensive muscle in a 78-55 victory against Bishop Noll in Hammond.
Emma and sister, Sophia, handled the lion’s share of the Lady Blazer scoring in the first quarter. Emma’s 12 and Sophia’s 6 points – along with four assists from Morgan Crook – sparked Marquette to a 19-9 lead after eight minutes.
A pair of free throws out of the hand of Emma Nolan expanded the cushion to 16 points at the 6:00 mark of the second stanza, but sophomore guard Courtney Blakeley kept Bishop Noll in the contest. Noll closed the first half on a 17-6 run to make it 34-29 at the half.
Emma Nolan’s 20 points led all scorers at the intermission.
Crook got in on the scoring in the second half, hitting two treys in the third quarter. She added another in the fourth to finish with 11 points and six assists. Meanwhile, Emma racked up nine more in the third period to help push the Lady Blazer edge to 56-47.
Marquette collected all the insurance it needed in the first 90 seconds of the final frame. Crook’s third triple of the tilt capped a 9-0 blitz that allowed MQT to coast to a 78-55 win.
Emma Nolan tallied three assists to go with her 38 points. She drained four-three pointers, made eight field goals inside the arc, and went 10-for-11 from the free-throw line. It was her third time scoring 30+ points this season. Nolan is now averaging 23.4 PPG on the season.
Sophia Nolan amassed 20 points of her own. Thursday represented her seventh game of 20 points or more.
Marquette (15-1) faces another ranked Class 2A team next time out when No. 4 North Judson (13-2) visits the Scholl Center next Thursday for a 7 pm contest.