Prahalis Named Rookie of the Month

Posted: July 2, 2012

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, including back-to-back 20-point performances, the first Mercury rookie to do so since Cappie Pondexter in 2006. 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 presented by Boost Mobile, Prahalis is averaging more than 12 points and five assists for the Mercury.

Phoenix will travel to San Antonio Tuesday, July 3 to take on the Silver Stars. Tune in to Fox Sports AZ Plus, tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT.

Phoenix returns home on Saturday, July 7 when it hosts the Atlanta Dream at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available by calling 602-252-WNBA or visiting