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The importance of Logic

BY JACOB SHEYKO | DECEMBER 06, 2013 5:00 AM

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It was every Hawkeye fan’s worst fear.

With 13:55 remaining in the first half, Iowa women’s basketball guard Sam Logic went to the floor holding her head in pain. Even though Iowa was up 13-11 at that point over No. 22 Syracuse, the chances of winning seemed slim without Logic.

The junior remained out of sight until the 7:51 mark of the first half when she returned to the game with eight newly acquired stiches on her forehead, but the game was in a completely different state.
Syracuse had gone on an 18-7 run to build a 29-20 lead, and it seemed as if the course of the game had been determined. But with Logic back in the game, Iowa battled back en route to knocking off Syracuse, 97-91.

“I was just trying to get back out there,” Logic said. “Every time I heard some cheering, I was happy.”

Everyone knew coming into this season that this was Logic’s team. The junior from Racine, Wis., was fresh off a season in which she set the single-season assist record at Iowa. And with the departure Hawkeye greats Jaime Printy and Morgan Johnson, Logic was now the face of Iowa basketball.

But until Thursday night’s win against Syracuse, no one knew that Iowa could trot out two completely different teams — one with Logic on the floor and one without.

“Sam’s our leader,” head coach Lisa Bluder said. “She’s kind of the heart of our basketball team. She’s so instrumental to have on the floor.”

So far this season, Logic is averaging 14.3 points, 7 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game. But her statistics don’t even begin to describe her effect on the Hawkeyes play.

When Logic is on the floor, perhaps the best quality she brings is her calming presence. For the six minutes she was off the floor in the first half, the Hawkeyes struggled with Syracuse’s full-court press; they turned the ball over numerous times, which led to easy points for Syracuse.

“My main message was take a deep breath, get it out of your mind,” Bluder said. “And I just said, Sam’s going to be really upset if you lose this game.’ ”

That’s not to say that Logic is the only reason for the Hawkeyes success.

It would be a shame not to mention Bethany Doolittle’s 25 points — a good majority of which came with Logic in the locker room — or that Melissa Dixon is 14-of-23 from deep in her last two games.

“I credit them both [Logic and Doolittle] for all of it,” Dixon said. “… It just kind of opened everything up and I was open a lot more on the wing.”

The Hawkeyes wouldn’t be where they are today without these contributions from all members of the team. It’s just that with Logic on the floor, all the pieces seem to come together.

“It’s not really anything on the stat sheet that pleases me the most,” Bluder said. “It’s more their effort. It’s their attention to detail. It’s their focus and their camaraderie.”

Without Logic, this is a team that likely would have fallen short at the hands of Syracuse. With her, it’s a team that is now 9-1 on the season and one that just knocked off one of the hottest teams in the country.


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