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Bluder pushes Logic as Big Ten’s top player

[ 0 ] February 7, 2014 |

A case could be made for Samantha Logic as Big Ten women’s basketball Player of the Year.

Logic is averaging 14.1 points per game, 6.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists, and 2.3 steals. Those totals lead Iowa, and the junior guard leads the Big Ten in assists, is second in steals, 14th in rebounding and 15th in scoring.

Thursday in a 73-70 Iowa (18-6, 6-4 Big Ten) win over No. 9 Penn State, Logic played the entire 40 minutes, recording a triple-double of 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. She has two triple doubles this season and three in her career.

Penn State’s Maggie Lucas, Minnesota’s Rachel Banham, and Nebraska’s Jordan Hooper are the leading contenders for Player of the Year. All three average at least 19 points per game.

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder lobbied for her point guard as the conference’s top player Friday at her weekly news conference.

“Everybody looks at scoring, and the 20-plus (points) numbers that are out there,” Bluder said. “People vote for scoring all the time. Is she one of the most valuable players in our league? Without a doubt. She won’t get that honor, because that’s what people look at, but she is deserving of that honor.

“In my opinion, there is no one in the Big Ten that provides more for her team than she does.”

A fellow junior, Melissa Dixon has witnessed Logic’s prowess for three years. Dixon acknowledged part of her success is due to Logic.

Dixon, mostly at the 3-point line, has been on the receiving end of many of Logics’s passes.

“She’s an incredible player,” Dixon said of her teammates. “Having another triple-double (Thursday) night, it’s insane. She’s our team leader. She helps everybody maximize her potential.”

Bluder said she couldn’t recall any similar players to Logic.

“I’ve never been able to coach a point guard like Sam before,” Bluder said. “She’s just a tough cookie, too. She really is. … It’s been fun being able to coach a kid that is very different than our typical point guards that we’ve had here at Iowa.”

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