St. John's defeats No. 24 Texas A&M 72-70 at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 22, 2013.
On McPherson: Athletic, versatile and reliable player ... a solid defender ... went from instant spark off the bench as the Red Storm's unofficial sixth man during her sophomore campaign to starting shooting guard as a junior...suffered a season-ending injury just five games into her senior campaign ... en route to becoming one of St. John's 1,000-point scorers entering her fifth year with 877 career points ... scored in double figures 42 times over her four-year career and has recorded seven 20-point scoring efforts.
Joe Tartamella on McPherson: "We are all excited to have Gina back for a fifth year. She has worked extremely hard to get herself ready to be back on the court after recovering from a knee injury. She will be an invaluable member of our program both on and off the court as a leader of our team. Her work ethic and drive have always been the glue to our team. Her experiences and knowledge have already paid dividends with our younger players on and off the floor. She will be ready to lead us this season."
As A Senior In 2012-13: Started in five games for the Red Storm before suffering a season-ending injury on Nov. 25 at Hartford... scored 38 points in 131 minutes and averaged 7.6 points per game... Opened the season with a 14-point performance on Nov. 9 against Texas, also tied her career-best of five assists... In five games she visited the charity stripe 18 times, made 10 free throws and registered a .556 shooting percentage... Averaged 2.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game.
As A Junior In 2011-12: Named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll three times (Dec. 12, Dec. 19 and Jan. 23) ... STJ-Chartwells Holiday Classic Most Valuable Player ... only player to start and play in all 34 games ... team's third-highest scorer with an average of 11.8 points per game ... also added 3.1 rebounds per game ... led St. John's in scoring in 13 games ... and finished with a team-high 32 3-pointers ... was second-highest on the team with 132 field goals ... No. 25 in the BIG EAST in scoring ... No. 8 in the league in minutes played (34.0) .. registered a team-high 14-point performance in 2011-12 season-opener against St. Bonaventure (Nov. 12), while adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals ... totaled eight points, one rebound, two assists and a career-high two blocks in 33 minutes against La Salle (Nov. 16) ... eclipsed the 20-point mark for the first time in 2011-12 with 22 points at Hofstra (Nov. 18) ... tied a season-high with four rebounds against Wagner (Nov. 22) ... pulled in a season-high three steals against Iowa (Nov. 25) ... recorded a 13-point, five-rebound, four-assist effort against Temple (Nov. 26) ... compiled a game-high 16 points against Howard (Nov. 30) on 5-of-9 shooting from the field ... scored14 points against Hartford (Dec. 4) ... led the Red Storm with 18 points at DePaul (Dec. 7) ... tied a career-high with four 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 23 points against No. 1 Baylor (Dec. 11) ... achieved her third 20-point game of the season against Prairie View (Dec. 17) in the STJ-Chartwells Holiday Classic on 8-of-10 shooting from the field ... shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the line on her way to 13 points against Memphis (Dec. 18) ... averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals for the weekend ... led the team with 14 points against Harvard (Dec. 22) ... set a career-high in steals with six against Boston University (Dec. 31) ... poured in 12 points against Providence (Jan. 4) ... registered a team-high 16 points against then-No. 14/12 Louisville (Jan. 8) ... shot 5-of-10 from the field on her way to a 16-point effort against Syracuse (Jan. 11) ... posted a double-digit scoring effort with 10 points against Marquette (Jan. 15) ... sank 11-of-13 free throws to set a team-high for the season against No. 7/8 Rutgers (Jan. 17) ... finished with 10 points against Cincinnati (Jan. 21) ... amassed four steals against then-No. 2 Notre Dame (Jan. 28) ... reached double-figures in scoring with 10 points against Pittsburgh (Jan. 31) ... reached double figures with 13 points against Villanova (Feb. 25) ... went 7-of-10 from the free throw line at then-No. 12/13 Georgetown (Feb. 27) in the BIG EAST regular season finale ... added 10 points in the BIG EAST Tournament victory over then-No. 20/17 Louisville (March 4) ... registered her team-high fourth 20-point game of the season with 21 points against Oklahoma (March 20) in the NCAA Tournament Second Round ... had three points in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 against then-No. 6 Duke (March 24).
As A Sophomore In 2010-11: Played in all 33 games, started eight ... led the team in scoring three times with 20 vs. Seton Hall (Dec. 8), 23 vs. Southern Mississippi (Dec. 18) and 25 at then-No. 18/20 Maryland (Dec. 29) ... second on the team in 3-pointers (25) and 3-point percentage (.333) ... averaged 8.3 points per game including, 7.8 in BIG EAST play ... STJ's top scorer off the bench, her 25 points against the Terps is St. John's second-best single game performance for the season ... scored in double-digits eight times as a non-starter ... finished with four 3's typing a career-best, three times ... posted first double-digit scoring effort of the season with 11 points vs. Manhattan (Nov. 16) ... totaled six points on two 3-point buckets and pulled down two rebounds against Columbia (Nov. 19) ... scored 11 points at Arkansas State (Nov. 22) ... recorded 12 points and added four steals in her first start of the season against Nicholls State (Nov. 26) ... recorded fourth double-digit scoring effort of the season, notching 10 points against St. Bonaventure (Nov. 29)... recorded first 20-point performance of her career on 8-of-11 shooting, including a career-high four 3-point field goals against Seton Hall (Dec. 8) ... led the team in points (23), field goals (9), steals (4) and minutes (36) against Southern Mississippi (Dec. 18) ... her 15 first-half points against the Golden Eagles were the most points in the first half by any St. John's player during 2010-11 ... recorded 11 points against UCSB (Dec. 20) and added a career-high eight rebounds ... scored a career-high 25 points at then-No. 18 Maryland (Dec. 29) and tied a career-high with four 3-point field goals ... recorded a career-high five steals and picked up ninth double-digit scoring effort of the season with 15 points at Louisville (Jan. 4) ... went 6-of-6 from the field en route to a 14-point performance in win at Seton Hall (Jan. 15) ... scored 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and went 5-of-6 from the free throw line at USF (Feb. 16) ... tied a career high with four 3-pointers en route to a 16-point performance against Syracuse (Feb. 19) ... also added four assists and four steals against the Orange ... scored 10 points in NCAA Tournament First Round win over Texas Tech (March 19).
As A Freshman In 2009-10: Played in all 32 games ... started one ... averaged 5.2 points and 1.4 assists per game ... totaled 12 steals ... hit 3-pointer on first-career shot attempt vs. Stony Brook (Nov. 15) and totaled 17 minutes of action ... a big contributor off the bench vs. UMass (Nov. 18) with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from long range and three assists ... made first-career free throw against Boston University (Nov. 21) ... had 11 points and three 3-pointers vs. Saint Joseph's (Nov. 29) and played season-high 27 minutes ... netted eight points at then-No. 4 UNC (Dec. 6) ... tallied 10 points while shooting season-best .500 (4-of-8) vs. LIU (Dec. 10) ... went 3-of-4 from 3-point range, scoring nine points against Rhode Island (Dec. 13) ... scored 11 points against Texas-Arlington (Dec. 19) ... made first-career start against Seton Hall (Jan. 12) ... matched season-best marks with three rebounds and three assists against Syracuse (Jan. 27) ... scored 12 points vs. Providence (Jan. 30), 10 in the first half ... scored a season-high 14 points against then-No. 18/16 Georgetown (Feb. 2) and made a season-best six free throws ... contributed seven points and matched a season high with three assists at then-No. 1/1 Connecticut (Feb. 13) ... tied season-best with three assists against then-No. 6/7 Notre Dame (March 7).
At North Babylon: Four-year letterwinner at North Babylon High ... team captain as a senior ... averaged 17.5 points, 4.9 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 5.8 steals as a senior ... scored 2,216 career points ... a 2009 McDonald's All-America nominee ... 2008-09 Newsday All-Girls Basketball Team honoree and All-Long Island selection ... averaged 22.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 3.5 assists per game junior season, including 25.7 points in postseason play ... led North Babylon to Long Island Class AA Championship title 2007-08 season ... posted 31 points in the semifinals against Corcaran and 32 points in the title game against Rush Henrietta during championship run ... also earned two letters in lacrosse.
Personal: Eugeneia McPherson ... daughter of Tasha Wortham and Littleton McPherson ... has nine siblings: Shawnette (27), Brianna (24), Natashia (25), Jalisa (24), Littleton (20), Shyann (17), Mel-Shawn (15), Yolanda (15), Jawan (11) ... majoring in sport management.