Prahalis shines as Mercury defeats Shock.
There are some that are born to be followers and others to be leaders. Rookie sensational guard Samantha Prahalis is a leader. The 2011 – 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year scored 19 points while adding 6 assists in defeating the Tulsa Shock 79 – 72 on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mercury had a big edge in rebounds 45 to 33 and had the edge in shooting percentage 37.2% to 33.3% The Shock’s only lead was by 3 points in the early moments of the game with the Mercury taking control for most of the game. The Shock did come within 1 point several times in the second half yet could not find enough consistency to break on top.
While DeWanna Bonner lead all scorers with 23 points and 13 rebounds, it was Prahalis that had the fans at the edge of their seats anticipating the next magical pass that now seems to be Prahalis’s trademark.
When Coach Gaines was asked about the play and the skill level of Prahalis, Gaines said ”She will be putting up big numbers soon like 20 and 10, just give her time.” With Diana Taurasi out indefinitely with a strained left hip flexor, the young rookie is getting plenty of playing time and opportuni9tes to develop her skills and on court leadership. This has translated into Prahalis leading the league in assists with 6.2 per game prior to Sundays game. If Prahalis continues to lead the league in assists, Prahalis would become just the second rookie in WNBA history to lead the league in assists.
The next home game is against the current WNBA Champions Minnesota Lynx on Friday June 15 at US Airways Center. Tip off is at 7:00 PM.