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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Samantha Prahalis has been named one of eight finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate point guard in Division I women’s basketball.

An All-American and Big Ten player of the year candidate, Prahalis leads the Big Ten and ranks second nationally with 8.0 assists per game. She ranks third in the Big Ten with 18.5 ppg in conference play and has nine games with 20 or more points. The Commack, N.Y., native scored a career-high 32 points in the win at No. 19 Michigan State Jan. 9, earning Big Ten player of the week honors, an award she has won a team-high four times this season. Among her other top games was her 26-point, 12-assist and career-high five 3-pointer game in the win at Penn State Feb. 7.

Prahalis has at least eight assists in 17 games this season and eight games with 10 or more, helping her notch seven double-doubles from her point guard position.  She is just the second Division I player since 1999-2000 to average at least 16.0 points and 8.0 assists per game. Most recently, she made a school-record 48 straight free throws, which was the second-best mark all-time in the Big Ten and fifth-longest in NCAA history.

The Nancy Lieberman Award committee announces the final nominees for the 11th Annual Nancy Lieberman Award.  The award is a national project of the Rotary Club of Detroit honoring the nation’s top collegiate point guard in women’s Division I basketball.  The criteria for the award are the floor leadership, play-making and ball-handling skills that personified Hall of Famer, Nancy Lieberman during her career.  Sportswriters from across the country have determined this final nominee list.  They will select three finalists from this list and one winner at the beginning of April 2010.  The announcement of the three finalists and one winner will be made during the Final Four Weekend (April 4-6, 2010).
 
Here is the final nominee list (in alphabetical order):
1. Alison Lacey – Iowa State
2. Nadirah McKenith – St. John’s
3. Samantha Prahalis – Ohio State            
4. Sam Quigley – DePaul
5. Andrea Riley – Oklahoma State
6. Danielle Robinson – Oklahoma
7. Jasmine Thomas – Duke
8. Courtney Vandersloot – Gonzaga
                                
This year’s award will be presented at a noon luncheon at The Detroit Athletic Club on April 21, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. 
 
You can visit the official Nancy Lieberman Award website at (www.pointguard.org). Questions about the award, luncheon, luncheon tickets or sponsorships please contact Chris Flynn, Co-Chair, at (313)824-4264 or email: contact@pointguard.org