Logic goes off in losing effort

BY RYAN YOUNG | JULY 25, 2013 5:00 AM

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Sam Logic was at it again. The Hawkeye junior scored 45 points in Wednesday night’s Game Time League championship game and played all 40 minutes.

However, Logic failed to bring home the championship. She fell to Ally Disterhoft and Bethany Doolittle, 110-91.

Logic’s high scoring game wasn’t the only feat of the night. She was also named Game Time Co-MVP with Melissa Dixon.

“It’s great to get it with Dixon,” Logic said. “It’s nice to be recognized for what you do to help your team, and I hope that carries over.”

Logic averaged 29 points, more than 8 assists, and nearly 12 rebounds per game throughout the summer. And Wednesday night was no exception for the Racine, Wis., native — she shot 64 percent from the field, and grabbed 8 rebounds and 8 assists in the game.

Logic was once again short a teammate in Alexa Kastanek, who sat with a foot injury. Coming into the game, Logic knew she would have to play hard to make up for Kastanek’s absence.

“With Alexa not being here, we lost a huge offensive threat, so I just had to really create tonight,” she said. “Some of my shots were falling tonight, and I just felt really confident.”

Logic and Kastanek were a lethal duo for their summer-league team when Kastanek was healthy.

This didn’t go unnoticed through the summer, and some say it showed some real potential for the upcoming season.

“She was able to build a little bit of a relationship with Kastanek,” Brian Joens, their summer-league coach, said. “I think that you’ll see them together down the road, if not this year, be a real nice duo among the guards.”

In just two seasons at Iowa, Logic has already made a name for herself in the Big Ten. The two-year starter for the Black and Gold led the team in both assists and steals last season. She averaged over 9 points per game and shot 46 percent from the field.

Logic was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2012, and was named to the third team All-Big Ten last season.

“She’s a premier player and knows so much about the game.” Joens said. “She’s like a coach on the floor and really controls the game. She took on that role tonight and was excellent again as usual.”

Logic will begin preparation for her third season with the Hawkeyes now that the Game Time season has come to a close. Being one of only four upperclassmen on the team, she is transitioning into more of a leadership role both on and off the court.

“She became quite the leader in this league,” Joens said. “With some younger kids coming in, she is going to have more of a leadership role than she’s had in the past. Being able to lead in this league will help her transition into that role nicely.”

Although her squad didn’t come up with the title, Logic says her team has really grown from the first week and that it helped build some chemistry with her Hawkeye teammates, too.

“The first weeks always the toughest,” she said. “But you just have to see everything and try to gel it together. The coach doesn’t always know how it’s going to work either, but you just do what you can and hope it works out. After those first few weeks, it really came together for us.”

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