NEW YORK, New York – Former women’s basketball standout Emma O’Conner has been named a Sport Changes Life Victory Scholar. Victory Scholars are offered places to continue their education and play the sports they love throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland. O’Connor is currently studying at the University of Maynooth and playing for the Liffey Celtics Basketball Club in Ireland.
“I’m excited for Emma as she is a terrific ambassador for Marist College,” said Marist Director of Athletics Tim Murray. “Were happy to see that she will not only have the opportunity to further her education but to also make an impact on the youth in her community in Ireland.”
Sport Changes Life aims to raise the aspirations of young people through sporting excellence, vocational and academic achievement and personal development. Each year new Victory Scholars are selected in this annual event. The program is now based in six prestigious Universities in Northern Ireland and Ireland including the University of Ulster, NUI Galway, Limerick University, Trinity College Dublin, IT Carlow and Waterford IT.
In her senior season O’Connor led Marist in points per game with 13.6, rebounds per game with 6.8, field goals made with 169, field goal percentage with 55.9 percent, and blocks helping lead the Red Foxes to their 10th overall and ninth consecutive MAAC Championship title.