Phoenix Mercury's Samantha Prahalis Named Rookie of the Month for June

NEW YORK, 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 in. 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 on the team 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.

Highlights of Prahalis’ month included:

  • June 1 vs. San Antonio: Career-high nine assists, along with 11 points in an 86-66 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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Lynx vs. Sun

Maya Moore scores 17 points to help the Lynx beat the Sun, 76-65.

Dream vs. Mystics

Ivory Latta scores 21 points and Kara Lawson adds14 as the surging Mystics beat the Dream, 77-67.

Liberty vs. Mercury

Diana Taurasi records 15 points and 10 assists, Britney Griner adds 18 points as the Mercury roll to their 15th straight win.

Taurasi's Double-double

Diana Taurasi records a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists to lead the Mercury over the Liberty.