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Samantha Prahalis drafted by Phoenix Mercury

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The Phoenix Mercury selected former Ohio State point guard Samantha Prahalis with the No. 6-overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft on Monday afternoon.

Prahalis set Big Ten conference and OSU school records with 901 assists spanning across her four-year career. She ranks fourth on the Buckeyes’ all-time scoring list with 2,010 points, and was only the second player in Division I women’s basketball history with at least 2,000 career points and 900 career assists.

Prahalis was named the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year, was a first-team USBWA All-American and set the OSU single-game scoring record with 42 points in a victory against Minnesota in her final home game on Feb. 23.

She is the third OSU alumnae to be a first-round selection in a WNBA Draft. Jessica Davenport was selected with the No. 2-overall pick in 2007, and Jantel Lavender was selected at No. 5 overall in 2011.

“I’m just super excited to be part of Phoenix,” Prahalis told ESPN2 after being drafted. “Any way I can help the team, I’m going to go out and work hard and try to help.”


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