Thank you Sammy Prahalis for four wonderful years as the point guard for THE Ohio State women’s basketball team. You are going to be missed!!!
As Sammy starts her next phase of basketball in her life with the Phoenix Mercury, she’ll playing with arguably the best in the game in Diana Taurasi. We revisit my article from February 16th. Then a recap of her career and what she’ll mean to the Mercury. Thank you to Grant Edgell for the artwork.
If all you ever knew about Ohio States starting point guard was that she was the only player in tOSU women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points and give out more than 700 assists? It would probably be more than enough. One things for sure, she has definitely given a great lesson in point guarding.
Sammy stepped in as a freshman and let people know she was serious. She went on to become the B1G freshman of the year and set a new freshman assists record with 203 that season. Prahalis also led all B1G freshmen in scoring at 10.2 points, assists at 5.8, and steals at 1.9 per game.
Her sophomore year would be even better as she became just the second player since the 1999-2000 season in D1 to average 16 ppg and 8 apg. During her run that season she set a school record with 48 straight made free throws and set a new tOSU single season assists record with 289. She was the B1G leader and second in the nation with her 8 assists per game average. Finally, she set a new tOSU NCAA tournament record with 13 assists against St.Francis and finished as a unanimous first team all-conference selection. Read More
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Coming off of the loss to Michigan and Michigan State in hoops had a lot of Ohio State fans at a loss to understand what had happened to a team that was favored to win the conference and make a run at a title. Dave at TSB took a look at several possibilities, including-
Lack of an inside enforcer. I admit that I failed to truly appreciate Dallas Lauderdale. I called him “stone hands” and used to get frustrated at how often he had the ball slide between his big mitts. But he did two things this year’s team really misses: 1) He provided an inside force defensively who could block shots when players were beat off the ball. This year, when someone bursts by a Buckeye defender they usually have an open lane to the hoop. Big D played some ferocious D and that is greatly missed; 2) He occupied space in the lane on offense, allowing Sully more freedom to roam. Dallas not only set screens but forced the opponent’s big man to guard him or surrender uncontested dunks. That helped Sully more than we realized.
Ah, Illinois. Nothing like a little revenge in the form of a massive, home court blowout to make things all better. Take a look at Scott’s review of the game- it was just what the Scarlet and Gray doctor ordered;
The handwringing among Buckeye Nation regarding both Buford’s recent woes and the lack of playing time for the bench can stop, at least for a day. Despite the audible groans when Buford missed an open three and turned it over in first half, the senior was greeted with an overall warm reception and had one of his best shooting games of the year (7-9 from the field, 2-3 from three).
In other news, in honor of the 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s trip to space, Sam Thompson put on an anti-gravity display with an early dunk and a couple of high-flying blocks.
Speaking of Buford, BHC’s newest author got us ready for his final game in the Schott with a look at his legacy at Ohio State;
But of all his basketball statistics, there is one intangible quality that supersedes all others. It is a quality that all of us share … something that binds all of us together and pulls us through tough times. It’s a love … it’s a passion … it’s beyond words … it’s Buckeye Pride! “[Buckeye Pride] comes from the people before us. We just try to keep that thing going. It’s not about us. It’s about the school. The school is bigger than us.” Now THAT is spoken like a true Buckeye! It is easy for us as fans to get caught up in the performance of one or two games, but on this weekend, let us honor a true Buckeye as he wears our school’s colors for the last time at home. He has earned the respect of all of Buckeye Nation.
Charles at Our Honor Defend hits us with another Women’s Basketball recap.After a very short Thanksgiving break, the team had a practice Thursday morning before heading home for holiday meals, the Ohio State women’s basketball team returned to action today against Stony Brook. With a short time to prepare for an unheralded team and a game against a ranked opponent looming, thoughts of last year’s shocking home upset loss to Duquesne were on the minds of many, including some of the players. After Tuesday’s win against Howard, junior guard Tayler Hill mentioned that game from last year “We can’t look past Stony Brook for LSU. Last year we didn’t know much about Duquesne and they came in here and beat us. So we just need to keep our focus and we’ll be fine.” After some lapses in focus in games against easy opponents this year, how focused this young Buckeye squad would be for this game was a big question.
Ohio State quickly put to rest any concerns about how they would start the game by jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game. Stony Brook finally got on the board, cutting the lead to eight on two occasions, 10-2 and 12-4, before the Buckeyes went on a 13 to 1 run to extend their lead to 25-5 before allowing another the Seawolves to hit another field goal. That basket did little to spark the Seawolves and the Buckeyes continued to dominate the half, heading into the locker room up 42-12.
The Ohio State women’s basketball team opened their season today against Tennessee State. While the Tigers were not expected to present much of a challenge, having lost their season opener to Cleveland State, the Buckeyes were happy to finally get the chance to play against someone in a different color uniform. The OSU starting lineup featured guards Samantha Prahalis, Tayler Hill, and Amber Stokes along with freshman forward Kalpana Beach, and center Ashley Adams.
Tennessee State got won the tip and got a quick three-pointer to take the first lead of the game. Ohio State came right back with a basket by center Ashley Adams and the Buckeyes took the lead on their next possession as Adams pulled down an offensive rebound and hit a driving Samantha Prahalis with a nice pass. Prahalis missed the layup but got fouled and hit her free throws to put OSU ahead and the Buckeyes did not look back. Freshman forward Kalpana Beach quickly showed why Foster put her in the starting lineup as she recorded an assist on the first Buckeye basket, knocking down a couple baskets of her own, playing some tough defense, and fighting for loose balls. The Tigers eventually snapped the OSU streak of a 11 straight points with a two point basket but at that point the damage was done. Ohio State responded by putting together another run of 12 points to stretch the lead before Tennessee State hit a three-pointer to make the score 23-8 in favor of the Buckeyes halfway through the first half. While building their quick lead OSU did a great job of taking care of the ball, going just over nine minutes before their first turnover while forcing several turnovers by the Tigers in that same stretch. The Buckeyes continued to pour it on and OSU headed into the break leading 48-21.