Today the Big Ten announced its annual women’s basketball awards and Ohio State did very well for itself. The top headline was Samantha Prahalis being named Big Ten Player of the Year by both the coaches and the media. Prahalis led the conference in assists, 6.5 per game, and her 20.4 points per game put her second in the conference in that category. Prahalis has 889 assists in her career and is only four away from becoming the Big Ten’s all-time leader in that category. This is the 8th straight year that a Buckeye has been named Player of the Year, an incredible run for the program.
Prahalis was not the only Buckeye to take home an award. Junior guard Amber Stokes was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Stokes typically drew the assignment of guarding the oppositing team’s top scoring threat and she excelled at it. Her quick hands routinely generated steals which often turned into easy fast break points and even when she didn’t get a steal, Stokes applied high pressure which normally took her target out of her game. Stokes was a key reason that Ohio State held opponents to 38% shooting on the year. This is the fourth time a Buckeye has won this award and the first time since 2009.
Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis were both named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. Ashley Adams was given an honorable mention honor by the media, the coaches do not do honorable mention. The coaches name an All-Defensive team and both Stokes and Hill earned honors on that list. Congratulations to all the Buckeyes who took home awards.