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McPherson nets her 1000th as SJU rolls

St. John's guard Eugeneia McPherson (22) shoots in

St. John's guard Eugeneia McPherson (22) shoots in front of Oklahoma guard Whitney Hand, right, in the first half. (March 20, 2012) (Credit: AP)

St. John’s fifth-year senior Eugeneia McPherson made a bit of history on Saturday afternoon, scoring the 1000th point of her career in the Red Storm’s 69-48 win at Seton Hall in a women’s Big East game.

The North Babylon graduate becomes the 20th women in program history to reach the milestone. McPherson reached the number on a foul shot with 1:53 left in the second half.

It was the eighth straight win for the Red Storm (16-5, 9-1), which featured four players in double figures. Danaejah Grant had 14 points and six rebonds, Jade Walker added 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting, while Aliyyah Hanford and Briana Brown each chipped in 12.

In addition to a balanced scoring attack, St. John’s put forth a stellar defensive effort, holding the Pirates (13-7, 4-5) without a three-pointer (0-12) and outscoring their bench 31-0. St. John’s pitched a shutout from the three-point line in a win over Cincinnati (0-6) last year.   

“This was a hard-fought battle throughout the entire game,” St. John’s coach Joe Tartamella said. “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. We’re very pleased with the way we were able to close the game.”

St. John’s holds a one-game lead over second-place DePaul, a 74-63 winner over Providence on Saturday.  

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