by Brian Hoerst, Ohio State Athletics Communications Student Assistant
Samantha Prahalis, the electrifying junior point guard, came to Ohio State in 2008 bringing with her a style of play rarely seen in women’s basketball. Fans fell in love with her no-look passes and emotional play. The record books embraced her as well. In her first year, the Commack, N.Y., native led all Big Ten freshmen in scoring, assists and steals on her way to setting an Ohio State record for assists as a freshman. She followed up with another impressive performance last season, becoming just the second Division I player since 2000 to average at least 16.0 points and 8.0 assists per game to earn unanimous first team all-Big Ten honors and honorable mention All-America. The New Yorker has played strong as a junior, topping the 600 mark in career assists, as well as becoming only the second Buckeye to record at least 1,000 points and 600 assists.
Q: In a previous interview, you said 95 percent of what you do Outside of School is basketball (made obvious by the extended practice), so what’s the other five percent?
A: The other five percent is just being with my family and friends and hanging out.
Q: What do you do when you spend time with your family?
A: When I’m home in New York, we just chill. Sometimes we’ll go into the city, but a lot of the time we’ll just stay home and watch a movie and hang out. A bunch of us will go to my brother’s house on Long Island and watch TV and laugh and have a good time.
Q: It’s also well documented that you enjoy fashion. Do you have a favorite place to shop?
A: I love shopping in New York City. But LM is my favorite store in the whole world. It’s close to where I live in New York and it has a lot of one-of-a-kind stuff that you can’t find anywhere else.
Q: Do you have a favorite outfit?
A: That’s tough! I would have to pick a pair of skinny jeans, motorcycle boots (which everyone calls combat boots), a belly shirt, one of my chains and pearl earrings.
Q: What’s the difference in lifestyles from New York to Columbus?
A: We have a little bit more attitude in New York! Anything goes, really. You could wear a bright pink wig on street and nobody would even notice as they walk by. It seems more cultured and you can kind of just be yourself. Even if it’s considered being totally out there, it’s still cool.
Q: If you had to recap the season so far in one word, what would it be?
A: It’s been a rollercoaster. We can’t find that groove. I thought we had it, but then it slipped away. I have a feeling we’re going to peak at the right time though. I know we still have to actually do it, but I feel we’ll reach our potential come tournament time. I would rather be on track right now, but we’ve got to keep working.
Q: Do you have a prediction for the rest of the season?
A: I see us winning more. We just need to play together and have it all come together because it hasn’t yet. I’m still having fun but it’s not so much fun to lose.
Q: Last question: If you could pick a dream date, who would it be and what would it be?
A: Ah, that’s tough too! I would pick Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr. or Idris Elba. As far as the date, maybe just dinner. I’m a pretty simple person. Wait. Actually … floor seats at a Lakers-Celtics game at Staples Center in Los Angeles would be better!