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

Northwestern's Kendall Hackney has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice this season.

Northwestern's Kendall Hackney has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice this season.

Feb. 8, 2010


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)

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)