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Samantha Prahalis named Big Ten Player of the Year

Abby Sweet / For The Lantern

Ohio State women’s basketball senior guard Samantha Prahalis was one of four Buckeyes to receive Big Ten conference honors Monday when coaches and media named her the Big Ten Player of the Year Monday.

The selection marks the eighth consecutive year a Buckeye has won the honor.

“I’m just extremely thankful, appreciative that people recognize I had a good year so far,” Prahalis said in an interview with the Big Ten Network Monday.

Prahalis was also unanimously selected to the first-team all-Big Ten team where she was joined by her teammate, junior guard Tayler Hill.

Prahalis led the Big Ten in scoring and assists during the regular season averaging 22.5 points and 6.5 assists per game.

On the Buckeyes’ senior night Thursday, Prahalis scored an OSU single-game record 42 points in the team’s 81-56 victory against Minnesota.

She ranks fourth on OSU’s career scoring list with 1,967 points and is three assists away from tying the Big Ten’s career assist record.

Prahalis is a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith awards, which recognize the top player in women’s college basketball.

Some of Prahalis’s teammates received conference honors as well.

Junior guard Amber Stokes was named the Big Ten defensive player of the year.

Hill joined Stokes on the conference’s all-defensive team. Sophomore Ashley Adams was given an honorable mention by the media.

The Buckeyes finished their regular season Sunday with a 71-57 loss to Nebraska and a 24-5 overall record. Their 11-5 conference record earned them the second seed in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament.

Their first game is Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Indianapolis where they will play the winner of a game between Michigan and Illinois.

 

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