Epiphanny Prince returned from her ACL injury at the end of the 2016 season, but played just 6 regular season games, working her way back to the player that had earned All-WNBA Second Team honors the year before. By the time the 2017 season rolled around, Prince was back to 100 percent, and displayed why she is one of the most dynamic guards in the WNBA.
EPIPHANNY PRINCE 2017 SEASON STATS
Prince was challenged on two fronts during the 2017 season. The first was returning to full strength following her injury. With a full season playing for Dynamo Kursk in Russia under her belt, Prince came back to New York ready to show she could be the same player in the WNBA, and wasted no time putting those skills on display.
Her first 20-point game of the season came in a road win over the Phoenix Mercury, just three games in, leading to her being named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Five games into the season, Prince departed to Europe to compete for the Russian National Team in the EuroBasket Women Tournament, and upon her return took up playing the point guard position for New York due to the injury to Brittany Boyd.
While more of a natural scorer, Prince proved to be the consummate team player, taking over point guard duties along with Bria Hartley to guide the Liberty. Midway through the season, her role shifted again, transitioning back to 2-guard as Hartley stepped in to start at the point full time, freeing Prince to navigate more freely on the offensive end. The results were the Liberty going 14-3 over the 2nd half of the season to post a 3rd-straight 20-win season.
Prince finished averaging 12.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, and ranked 15th in the WNBA with 1.3 steals per contest. She went on to be named the WNBA Comeback Player of the Year and the AP Comeback Player of the Year.
EPIPHANNY PRINCE 2017 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
May 23 at Phoenix
Prince topped off her first 20-point game since the 2015 season by burying the game-winning jumper with just 4.5 seconds to play at Phoenix. She finished with 24 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.
August 13 vs. Los Angeles
In a home win over the defending champion Sparks, Prince filled up the stat sheet, scoring 18 points to go along with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and a pair of steals.
August 25 vs. Washington
Prince buried a couple of 3-pointers and scored 20 points to lift the Liberty to a home win over the Washington Mystics to help secure the top record in the Eastern Conference.