Hawkeyes showcase talent in Game Time

BY JACOB SHEYKO | JULY 02, 2013 5:00 AM

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Melissa Dixon’s team defeated Sam Logic’s and Alex Kastanek’s team, 100-88, in North Liberty on Monday during the third week of the Game Time League. The game, pitting Iowa’s two guards against each other, provided a glimpse of how Logic and Dixon will help run Lisa Bluder’s offense come the 2013-14 season.

Hawkeye players were a force throughout the entire game. Both Logic and Dixon matched up throughout the game and proved why they were so valuable to the Iowa women’s basketball team last season. Their matchup was indicative of the back-and-forth nature of the game as a whole.

“The only way to stop her is to not let her touch the ball,” said Logic about Dixon’s play. “And that’s not going to happen.”

Dixon’s team looked as if it would dominate the night at the beginning play with a 14-6 run. But just as quickly as Dixon’s team jumped ahead, it found itself on the other end of a 17-4 run, fueled almost entirely by Logic.

“Sam such an amazing player,” said Dixon. “It’s always fun to play her, she makes me so much better.”

Logic finished the game one dish shy of a triple double with 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists.

The Hawkeye junior penetrated the defense with ease — she entered the paint at will, it seemed l and found either an open teammate or the bottom of the net on a jumper.

Claire Till, coming off of last week’s offensive struggles, attacked from the opening tip. The size advantage was clearly on Logic’s team, but the 6-foot sophomore spent most of her night around the 3-point line.

Till attacked the paint aggressively off the dribble, often driving past her larger defender. She finished with 16 points and pulled down 14 boards, aiding her team to victory.

“I had a big on me, so I knew that I would be able to take her off the dribble,” she said. “And if I wasn’t able to make it to the hoop, I could kick it out.”

Needing a change, Logic’s coach, Brian Joens, switched to a 1-3-1 zone midway through the second half. But it didn’t faze Dixon’s team — she took it upon herself and drove by two initial defenders then split the next two, finding an open lane for an easy lay-up on the first play against the zone.

Joens turned his players on the bench and simply shrugged after the sequence.

“It [the zone] opened up gaps for us to drive,” Dixon said. “Then once everyone collapsed, we got a lot of shots off of that.”

Logic’s team kept the zone, though, but to no avail as Dixon’s team sank treys with ease. Everyone joined in on the 3-point-parade; Dixon’s team launched 40 treys and hit 19 of them. Six different players hit at least one from behind the arc.

Leading the barrage was Dixon. The reigning Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year finished the night with 36 points on 15-of-26 shooting. She also pulled down 6 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. Fittingly, she concluded the game by scoring 11 of her team’s 14 final points.

With the clock winding down and game in the bag, Dixon’s team had all but one thing to do: Get to triple digits.

“We were shooting free throws and were like, ‘We have to get 2 more points,’ ” Till said. “And then Dixon hit that pull-up jumper.”

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