2007-08 - Junior: Saw action in 14 games off the bench ... Had a season-high three rebounds in the Big Ten Tournament first round win over Wisconsin ... Scored her first two points of the season on free throws on Feb. 21 vs. Penn State ... Recorded her first block of the season on Feb. 7 at Minnesota ... Saw her first action in over a month on Jan. 31 vs. Ohio State, playing a season-high seven minutes ... Played six minutes against South Carolina, recording a steal and attempting her first shot of the season ... Saw five minutes of action on Nov. 9 at Eastern Illinois ... Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second straight season.
2006-07 - Sophomore: Played in 26 games on the season ... Saw a season-high tying 20 minutes in the upset win over #20 Michigan State on Feb. 22, scoring two points, grabbing a season-high four rebounds and dishing out a career-high tying three assists ... Played stellar defense on MSU's 6-9 center Alyssa DeHaan in the upset, helping limit the Big Ten Freshman of the Year to just eight points after she scored 25 vs. Ohio State in the previous game ... Averaged 0.9 points and 1.2 rebounds in 7.2 minutes per game ... Scored a season-high six points in 20 minutes at #13 Purdue on Feb. 8 with starting center Jenna Smith out of the line-up ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2005-06 - Freshman: Saw action in 22 games as a freshman ... Scored a season/career-high 12 points on 4 for 5 shooting vs. St. Louis at the United Center on Dec. 5 ... Grabbed five rebounds in nine minutes against Western Illinois in the WNIT Preliminary Round ... Shot-blocking threat recorded three blocks in two different games, vs. Michigan and at Indiana ... Ranked third among Big Ten freshmen and second on the team in blocked shots with 17.
Listed as the 47th-ranked senior in the country by Blue Star Basketball ... Averaged 12.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.1 blocked shots as a senior at Bishop Kelly in 2004-05, leading the Comets to a 22-6 mark ... Tabbed as a Street & Smith Preseason All-American in 2004-05 ... Was named to four different All-State teams as as senior (Tulsa World, Daily Oklahoman, Coaches AID and OGBCA) and earned Metro Lakes Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors ... Played the first three years of her high school career at St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis, Mo., before moving to Oklahoma in the summer of 2004 ... Led St. Joseph's to the Missouri Class 5A state title in 2003-04 and to a runner-up finish in 2002-03 ... Was a two-time Missouri Class 5A first-team All-State selection and a two-time All-Metro and All-Conference pick ... Averaged 10.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game while shooting .526 from the field in her three seasons with the Angels ... Nearly averaged a double-double her freshman year (9.6 ppg, 10.1 rpg) and swatted away an astounding 7.7 shots per game ... High school coaches were Jana Hardgrave (Bishop Kelley) and Julie Matheny (St. Joseph's) ... Also played for the Missouri Game Face AAU team coached by Mike Taylor.
Born on April 17, 1987 ... Daughter of Dave and Anne McCarthy ... Has one sister, Christy, 18, who plays basketball at the University of Missouri-Kansas City ... Active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Member of Student Athlete Advisory Committee ... Majoring in speech communications ... Was the first to commit to Illinois in the Class of 2005, making her choice in January of her junior season.
GETTING TO KNOW ERIN...
I chose Illinois because: Great school, great coaches, great team!
Favorite place on campus: My apartment
Best memory as an Illini: Beating Michigan State at Assembly Hall last year
Which of your teammates is...
...the funniest? We're all funny in our own way
...the best dressed? Chelsea Gordon
...the smartest? Lori Bjork
Favorite athlete: Albert Pujols
Favorite Illini athlete (not on your team): Chester Frazier (men's basketball)
Favorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite movie: Hitch
Favorite sports movie: Blades of Glory
Favorite TV shows: The Hills and Law and Order: SVU
Favorite bands: O.A.R. and Maroon 5
Favorite book: Memoirs of a Geisha
Favorite food: Ice cream
Favorite activity outside basketball: Shopping
One thing I can't go a day without: Sweets
Something most people don't know about me: I lived in St. Louis most of my life.
Biggest sports thrill: Hearing our band play
Person you would most like to spend a day with: Jesus
Who had the biggest impact on your basketball career and why? My parents, because they did all they could to further my basketball career.
Three words that describe my play are: Complementary, smart, defensive
Plans after Illinois: Graduate school
McCARTHY'S CAREER STATISTICS
updated May 2008
updated May 2008