WNBA: After being cut by Phoenix, Prahalis lands in New York
After one door slammed shut on Samantha Prahalis last week, the former Ohio State point guard happily stepped through an open one yesterday when she signed a seven-day contract with the WNBA’s New York Liberty.
“New York was my first choice,” said Prahalis, who was waived by the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday. “It’s close to home. I’m good. I’m happy. I think I’m in a better spot.”
The Mercury chose the Long Island native with the seventh pick in the 2012 draft and inserted her into the starting lineup.
She played 28 games, averaging 11.6 points and 4.5 assists. The numbers were good enough for Prahalis to make the WNBA all-rookie team.
This season, Phoenix coach Corey Gaines made all-star Diana Taurasi the team’s lead guard, and Prahalis’ playing time evaporated.
“You try to keep your confidence up, which is hard," Prahalis said. “It was just a bad situation. It all went bad so quick.”
Former Ohio State star Katie Smith is a starting guard for the Liberty.
“Yeah, she’s trying to help me,” Prahalis said. “It’s still a seven-day thing. I want to make it. They gave me a shot. I’m thrilled. I look back at last year and I had success. It helps me remember that I can play.”