Senior guard Eugeneia McPherson became the 20th player in St. John’s women’s basketball history to score 1,000 career points, as the Red Storm put four players in double figures on its way to a 69-48 road victory over Seton Hall on Saturday.
St. John’s improves to 16-5 and 9-1 in conference play, while the Pirates drop to 13-7 and 4-5 in the league.
McPherson finished with seven points, four rebounds and four assists, scoring her 999th and 1,000th career points on a pair of free throws with 1:53 remaining in the second half.
St. John’s won the battle in three key facets of the game – on the glass, around the 3-point arc and from the bench – finishing Saturday’s contest with a 42-30 rebounding edge, held Seton Hall to 0-of-12 shooting from behind the 3-point arc and saw its bench outscore the Pirates’ 31-0.
“I thought we did a great job in the second half of really executing offensively, which I thought was the difference today, but also of keeping a very good rebounding team off the glass,” said head coach Joe Tartamella.
Seton Hall entered Saturday’s game shooting its 3-pointers at a 30.8 percent clip but was held without a long-distance make by the Red Storm, including 0-for-8 in the first half.
St. John’s sophomore Danaejah Grant scored a team-high 14 points to go with six rebounds and three assists, while freshman Jade Walker added a career-high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Senior Briana Brown and sophomore Aliyyah Handford chipped in with 12 points each.
Ka-Deidre Simmons scored a game-high 16 points for Seton Hall and Alexis Brown finished with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Red Storm concluded a two-game road swing on Wednesday, February 5, with a 7 p.m. game at Butler.