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Iowa women's hoops struggle but hold off Winona State

BY BEN WOLFSON | NOVEMBER 07, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa women's basketball team looked out-of-sync in the first half of its game Sunday against Division-II Winona State.

The squad made just 8-of-31 shots in the first 20 minutes of play and trailed the Warriors by 4 points heading into halftime.

"You don't know what to expect when you've only been practicing for 30 days," senior point guard Kamille Wahlin said after the game. "We went into halftime, and I told the girls, 'Hey, the first half is over, that's why we get a second one.'

"You get confidence from each other — once we saw a couple shots fall, things changed."

The Hawkeyes rebounded in the second half, and ended up winning their exhibition game against the small school from Minnesota, 65-51.

The shift was led by freshman Samantha Logic, a McDonalds All-American from Racine, Wis. She led the Hawkeyes with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

"Sam Logic had a really nice first game," head coach Lisa Bluder said. "You can see why she's a fun player to watch and a fun player to coach. Good players are confident. They work hard, they compete, they know they're good — and that's the way it should be. I love seeing her out on the floor looking like she belongs."

Logic was 2-of-3 from 3-point range and added 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals in 33 minutes.

Logic, who played point guard in high school, will play numerous roles in an Iowa offense that features Wahlin and junior All-American Jaime Printy.

The freshman said she's worked hard to become a 3-point threat in order to play alongside the older Hawkeyes.

"In high school, I was more of a drive and set-up person," Logic said. "In this offense, you need to be able to [shoot 3s], so once I came here, I started working on it."

The Hawkeyes were able to regroup during halftime and use a 46-point second half to overcome the Warriors.

"We settled down in the second half and played our game," Wahlin said. "It showed how we're going to build off [the exhibition] and how our team will grow and get better."

Wahlin shot 4-of-6 from the field and scored 10 points and added 3 assists.

Printy, on the other hand, struggled. The preseason All-American — who led the team in scoring last year with 16.8 points per contest — made only two of her 10 shots. Both baskets came after halftime, and Printy ended up with 6 points in 35 minutes.

But even though her star shooting guard had problems scoring, Bluder said, she was happy about the opportunity to face Winona State and said the exhibition game would greatly benefit her team in the long run.

"They're going to [help us] identify things we need to work on," Bluder said, pointing specifically to the paint, where Iowa was outrebounded, 42-37. "We're definitely going to have to work on our rebounds — that will be a point of emphasis for us; we have to correct those mistakes that gave up open shots."

Iowa will begin regular season play on Saturday against Harvard in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.


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