March 27, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s basketball senior point guard Samantha Prahalis was named to the Associated Press All-America second team Tuesday while junior guard Tayler Hill picked up honorable mention honors.
Prahalis, the Big Ten player of the year and unanimous first team all-Big Ten selection, led the Big Ten with 22.5 points per game in conference play this season and led the conference in assists (6.5) and minutes played (37.5) during the regular season. She also ranked among the top 5 in free throw percentage, steals, 3-point field goals and assist/turnover ratio.
The Commack, N.Y., native became the Big Ten’s all-time assists leader (901), finished fourth on the Ohio State all-time scoring list (2,010) and in the process became just the second player in Division I history to record at least 2,000 points and 900 assists in a career. Prahalis, who was named the Big Ten player of the week four different times this season, saved her best performance for her final game at Value City Arena when she set a school scoring record with 42 points in the win over Minnesota, breaking the 18-year-old mark of 40 set by Katie Smith in 1994. Prahalis finished the season with 14 games with at least 20 or more points and 19 games with at least six assists.
Hill, a first team all-Big Ten selection and member of the all-defensive team, led the Big Ten in scoring with 20.7 ppg in all games during the regular season, good for 12th best in Division I, and also led the conference with 82 3FGs while ranking third with 2.3 steals per game. She scored in double-figures in every game this year, including 19 20-point efforts and one 30-point game in the overtime win over Florida State in November. She enjoyed one of her best games with 27 points while hitting 7 of 8 from 3-point range in the win over Indiana Feb. 16. Hill’s 20.7 ppg during the regular season was the highest scoring increase by an individual in the Big Ten this season, up from 10.4 ppg (+10.3).
Ohio State, who featured the youngest roster in the Big Ten this season, finished the season with a 25-7 record, tied for second in the Big Ten standings at 11-5 and advanced its 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament.
2012 Associated Press All-America Teams
Brittney Griner, Baylor, 6-8, junior
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford, 6-2, senior
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware, 6-5, junior
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, 5-9, junior
Alyssa Thomas, Maryland, 6-2, sophomore
Odyssey Sims, Baylor, 5-9, sophomore
Shenise Johnson, Miami, 5-11, senior
Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State, 5-7, senior
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford, 6-3, sophomore
Julie Wojta, Green Bay, 6-0, senior
Tiffany Hayes, UConn, 5-10, senior
A'dia Mathies, Kentucky, 5-9, junior
Elizabeth Williams, Duke, 6-3, freshman
Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee, 6-2, senior
Riquna Williams, Miami, 5-7, senior
Courtney Clements, San Diego State; Jerica Coley, Florida International; Shante Evans, Hofstra; Angel Goodrich, Kansas; Chelsea Gray, Duke; Rachel Hackbarth, Drake; Bria Hartley, Connecticut; Tayler Hill, Ohio State; Jordan Hooper, Nebraska; Courtney Hurt, VCU; Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan; Glory Johnson, Tennessee; Maggie Lucas, Penn State; Anna Martin, DePaul; Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut; Natalie Novosel, Notre Dame; Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame; Michelle Plouffe, Utah; Chelsea Poppens, Iowa State; Niveen Rasheed, Princeton; Kristen Riley, BYU; Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown; Kristina Santiago, Cal Poly; Kayla Standish, Gonzaga; Davellyn White, Arizona.