Logic does it all

BY JACOB SHEYKO | MAY 14, 2014 5:00 AM

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There came a point during the Iowa women’s basketball season — toward the tail end of it — when the tweets and comments started showing up. At the time, the Iowa men’s basketball team was in a free fall, and the women were playing the best they had all season.

What the comments and tweets were calling for was for someone on the men’s team to act like Sam Logic. What exactly did this mean? Using Logic’s junior season as an example, one can assume it means someone who makes everyone around her better, someone who comes up with a basket whenever her team needs one — a floor general.

That’s what Logic was to the 2013-14 Iowa women’s basketball team. Without her at the point, the Hawkeyes wouldn’t have been what they were. And what they were was one of the most successful teams in program history.

“We knew what we could do from the beginning,” Logic said.

“ … Personally, we always thought we could win a Big Ten championship; we still do. Mentally, you go into every game wanting and knowing you can win.” 

Reading Logic’s honors from her junior season is more like reading a short story. The list goes on and on.

Honorable mention AP All-American, first team All-Big Ten, Big Ten All-Tournament Team, more than 1,000 career points, Iowa’s all-time leader in assists. And that’s just the beginning.

But Logic has never been about the individual accolades. Ask her about them, and she’ll deflect the question, instead focusing on something positive about her team. And last season, she had a lot to point to.

Iowa won 27 games, the most under coach Lisa Bluder and the second most in program history.

Despite not having a bye in the first round, they advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game, falling just 7 points shy of capturing a Big Ten title, and they became one of 14 teams to advance to a seventh-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

So even when Iowa’s season abruptly ended with a 30-point home loss to Louisville in the second round of the tournament, Logic could still point to what the team had accomplished.

“I think we did a good job during the season, realizing how special our team is, and was,” she said. “… It’s going to be special for the rest of our lives.”

Not all, but a lot of this success was because of Logic. Bluder put the offense in her hands, and Logic didn’t let her down. The bond and trust between Bluder and Logic was evident from Day 1. 

“I trust Sam doing just about anything,” Bluder said on Nov. 6. “If I needed my oil changed, I’d trust Sam, and I’ve never seen her do anything like that.”

Logic led the offense that led the Big Ten in scoring, field-goal percentage, and — a huge emphasis in Bluder’s offense over the years — assists. All of which made this not just one of the most successful Iowa teams in recent memory but one of the most entertaining.

“I played with a great group of girls, great coaching staff,” senior Theairra Taylor said following her final game in a Hawkeye uniform. “… This is one of my favorite seasons being here as a Hawkeye.”

In the upcoming season, Taylor will be the only player not returning. While that loss is huge, Iowa is bringing in a recruiting class that ranks among the best in the Big Ten.

But in the end, as it did this season, much of Iowa’s success will hinge on what Logic can do. Which, if she proved anything this season, is a whole lot.

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