WNBA Rookie of the Month for June 2012: Phoenix Mercury guard Samantha Prahalis

From the league:

The WNBA has named Phoenix Mercury guard Samantha Prahalis the Rookie of the Month for games played in June.

Prahalis led all rookies in assists (5.1 apg) and free-throw percentage (.963), converting 26 of 27 attempts. Among first-year players, she also ranked second in points (13.8 ppg) and third in steals (1.8 spg). Overall, Prahalis ranked in the top five in assists per game and was second in free-throw percentage.

She had a career-high nine assists to go along with 11 points in an 85-66 loss to the San Antonio Silver Stars on June 1, and had a career-high in points (22) on June 23, in a 93-84 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. Prahalis scored in double-figures in all but two games in June. She led the Mercury in assists and steals and placed second in points for the Month.

The sixth overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft, Prahalis is averaging more than 12 points and five assists for the Mercury.

Highlights of Prahalis’ month included:

  • June 1 vs. San Antonio: Career-high nine assists, along with 11 points in an 85-66 loss
  • June 23 vs. Los Angeles: Career-high 22 points, along with 4 steals in a 93-84 loss
  • June 27 vs. Minnesota: 20 points and three assists in a 96-80 loss
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