The Box Score: Inside Iowa women's basketball statistics

BY JACOB SHEYKO | MARCH 04, 2014 5:00 AM

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The Iowa women’s basketball regular season has reached its conclusion. Aside from breaking several Hawkeye records, Iowa also tied a record for most wins by a Lisa Bluder-coached Hawkeye team.

With that in mind, it seems like the perfect time to look back at the regular season and the numbers that made this Hawkeye squad so successful.

Team points per game — 78.8 (1st in the Big Ten, 25th in the NCAA)

At the beginning of the season, everyone knew that this team was going to score. It traded out a two-post offense with Morgan Johnson and Bethany Doolittle for a fast-paced offense that essentially starts four guards.

But no one predicted that the Hawkeyes would lead the Big Ten in scoring and approach 80 points per game.

There have only been five games this season in which the Hawkeyes failed to clear 70 points — last season they failed to do so 21 times. And in six games this season, they’ve surpassed 90 points.

The Hawks have done so with incredible offensive balance as well.

Iowa doesn’t have a top-10 scorer in the Big Ten on the roster. But conversely, all five of their starters average double digits. And all of them are ranked between 15 and 30 in the Big Ten’s top scorers.

Sam Logic — 224 assists (1st in the Big Ten, 3rd in the NCAA)

When Logic graduates next season, she will go down as not only the greatest Hawkeye distributor ever, but she’ll possibly go down as one of the best the Big Ten has ever seen.

In the Hawkeyes’ last game, an 81-56 win over Illinois, Logic passed Cara Consuegra as the all-time assists leader in Iowa history. And she still has one full season to add to that record.

Logic’s ability to pass the ball has rubbed off on her teammates in her time at Iowa. Last season, Iowa set a record for assists in a season with 534. This season, it broke that record by posting 546 assists.

The Hawkeyes have also done this while maintaining the Big Ten’s best assist-to-turnover ratio, led by Logic, who has a 2-1 assist to turnover ratio.

Bethany Doolittle — 3.3 blocks per game (1st in the Big Ten, 8th in the NCAA)

The Hawkeyes’ defense has been far from lockdown this season, statistically speaking. But that doesn’t mean that it’s a weakness.

Iowa is second to last in scoring defense — they allow 68.7 points per game. But some of that can be attributed to their up-tempo style of play. More possessions typically result in more points.

But that defense would be a glaring issue if not for Doolittle.

Doolittle’s 98 blocks this season not only broke the record for the Hawkeyes in a season, but it put the record previously set by Morgan Johnson to shame, breaking it by nearly 20 blocks. And keep in mind that Iowa will play at least two additional games this season.

In a way, one could argue that aside from Logic, Doolittle is the most valuable Hawkeye. Her ability to defend the paint has not just allowed Iowa to get away with four smaller defenders, but it has also enabled them to get up and down the floor on offense.

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