Oct. 10, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior point guard Samantha Prahalis was named to the preseason watch list for the Women’s Wooden Award Monday. The list is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women’s basketball media members.

A native of Commack, N.Y. and the lone senior on the Ohio State roster this season, Prahalis was a second team all-Big Ten selection last season after garnering first team honors in 2010. She was named to the Big Ten all-tournament team for the second straight year and also named to the NCAA Dayton Regional all-tournament squad.

Last season she was second on the team with 14.5 points per game while leading the Big Ten and ranking third in the NCAA with 6.9 assists per game. In the process, she became Ohio State’s all-time assists leader (707) and was a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman Award, given to the nation’s top point guard. She also became the only Buckeye to record at least 1,000 points and 700 assists in a career.

Prahalis had a slow start to last season by her standards, but finished strong with 101 assists in her last 13 games (7.7) as the Buckeyes finished 24-10 and advanced all the way to the NCAA Sweet 16.