Samantha Logic wasn’t necessarily born to be a point guard, but she was raised to be one.
Logic was taught at an early, mostly by her father Steve Logic, about the importance of sharing the basketball and getting her teammates involved.
She embraced the unselfish approach and has flourished ever since, first as McDonald’s All-American in high school, and now as the starting point guard for the Iowa women’s basketball team.
The 5-foot-9 Logic, who is a sophomore from Racine, Wis., enters Thursday’s game against Wisconsin leading the Big Ten in assists and ranked eighth nationally with a 7.2 per-game average. Logic has dished out 136 assists in 19 games.
That’s exactly how many she had last season when Logic set a school record for assists by a freshman with 136 in 31 games.
“I’d rather get an assist than a bucket any time,” Logic said Wednesday. “It’s just kind of how I grew up.
“My dad just always had that mentality, too, nothing that he really preached, but without saying, getting other people involved, just making your team that much more dangerous.”
Iowa sophomore guard Melissa Dixon knows as well as anybody what it’s like to play alongside Logic. They formed a potent perimeter punch as AAU teammates in high school, with the sharpshooting Dixon often on the receiving end of a Logic assist.
Nothing has changed in college.
Dixon, who is from Johnsburg, Ill., has emerged as one of the Big Ten’s top players coming off the bench. She has scored at least six points in 15 of 19 games and also leads Iowa with 31 3-point baskets.
“It’s amazing,” Dixon said of Logic’s passing skills. “She’s always hitting the open shooter. She just sees the court so well. You never know when she’s going to pass it.”
Logic does more than just collect assists as evidenced by her having recorded nine double-doubles and one triple-double as a Hawkeye. She leads Iowa with 38 steals, is second on the team with 117 rebounds and third in scoring with an 8.8 per-game average.
Logic also recorded a double-double in a game this season in which she only scored two points, finishing with 15 rebounds and 14 assists during an 86-63 victory over Texas on Dec. 28. She also was held scoreless during a 69-63 overtime victory against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 14, but compensated with 12 assists.
Logic credits her teammates for helping her to stuff the stat sheet on a regular basis.
“We’re just really clicking, I think, lately offensively,” Logic said. “Besides against Michigan State, I think offensively we’ve done pretty well. We’ve been knocking down our shots.”
Logic was referring to Iowa’s 65-54 loss at Michigan State last Thursday. Iowa was held to its second lowest point total of the season against the Spartans, but rebounded by crushing 11th-ranked Purdue 62-46 this past Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa is 5-0 against ranked opponents this season.
The Hawkeyes (14-5, 3-2 Big Ten) also have won 11 games in a row against Wisconsin, including a 65-56 victory on Jan. 10 in Madison, Wis. Junior guard Morgan Paige, who graduated from Linn-Mar High School, leads the Badgers in scoring with a 16.5 per-game average.
She scored 28 points to help Wisconsin defeat Ohio State 68-49 this past Sunday in Madison. The Badgers (9-10, 1-5 Big Ten) had lost six games in a row before knocking off the Buckeyes.
Iowa also will have a chance to avenge an earlier loss this season with a game at Michigan on Sunday. Michigan defeated the Hawkeyes 68-64 on Jan. 6 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said she wasn’t concerned about her team having a letdown against Wisconsin until being asked about it Wednesday. She hopes that Wisconsin’s victory over Ohio State will serve as notice.
“We have to be aware of that game that they just had against Ohio State,” said Bluder, who picked up her 600th career victory with the win over Purdue on Sunday. “I think that’s the best thing that could almost happen for us.”
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