March 28, 2012
USBWA All-America Team
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior Samantha Prahalis was named to the 2011-12 United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Women’s All-America Team Wednesday. The honors is the first of her career and the seventh for the Buckeyes in the past eight years under head coach Jim Foster.
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.
Prahalis was named to the Associated Press All-America second team Tuesday.
Previous Buckeyes to earn USBWA All-America honors include:
Tracey Hall (1987)
Katie Smith (1994, 1996)
Jessica Davenport (2005, 2006, 2007)
Jantel Lavender (2009, 2010, 2011)