Ohio State's Prahalis and Northwestern's Hackney Earn Weekly Awards

Feb. 8, 2010

BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State
So., G, 5-7, Commack, N.Y./Commack

Prahalis led Ohio State to a pair of wins last week, keeping the Buckeyes atop the Big Ten standings with a three-game lead. The sophomore averaged 24 points, 9.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals as Ohio State recorded an 86-82 home win over Iowa on Thursday before notching an 86-73 win on the road against Penn State on Sunday. Prahalis also combined to go a perfect 15-for-15 from the free-throw line and shot 70 percent from behind the arc. She recorded her seventh double-double of the season on Sunday with 26 points and 12 assists, helping her squad battle back from a 15-point deficit. Prahalis was 5-of-6 from long range in the game, helping the Buckeyes record a conference-record 17 threes in the contest. The weekly honor is her fourth of the season and of her career.

Last OSU POW: Samantha Prahalis (Jan. 18, 2010)

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Kendall Hackney, Northwestern

F, 6-2, Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame
Hackney earns her second Freshman of the Week honor after leading Northwestern to its 14th win of the season, a 64-60 victory against Michigan on Thursday. Hackney tallied 18 points and pulled down six boards, also with one block and one steal in the contest. The 6-2 forward shot 58.3 percent (7-for-12) from the field and shot 75 percent (3-for-4) from behind the arc. Hackney’s performance helped the Wildcats double their win total from last year and gave Northwestern its first season series sweep over a Big Ten opponent since the 1998-99 season. The honor is Hackney’s second of the year.

Last NU POW: Kendall Hackney (Dec. 29, 2009)