Hawkeye freshman Samantha Logic is ready for Madness

Logic was a unanimous pick for the All-Big Ten Freshman team

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Published: February 29 2012 | 2:26 pm - Updated: 3 April 2014 | 1:30 pm in
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By Shane Carney

IOWA CITY -- It’s that time of year again when players begin to thrive on the madness that is expected every March. Coaches across the country prepare their players' performance to peak right at this point of the season.

Iowa freshman Samantha Logic got a head start.

“She’s getting more and more confidence in her three-point shooting,” said Coach Lisa Bluder on Tuesday. “You also have to have that person that distributes. She’s done a great job of that.”

Coach Bluder knew Logic had the potential to become an important player for her Iowa Hawkeyes (19-10, 11-5) from the beginning of the season. In the Hawkeyes' eight-game win streak to finish out the regular season Logic has shown her full range of talents.

“When we were recruiting her, you knew you were getting a competitor, you knew you were getting a kid that could rebound and distribute the ball,” said Coach Bluder. “I’m really I guess happy, the most excited about her improvement in her offensive side of the game.”

That improvement has turned into four double-doubles during the win streak and impressive triple-double against Michigan (13 points, 11 assists, 13 rebounds) to help seal the number three seed heading into the Big Tournament.

For her play during the last week of the season, Logic received Co-Big Ten Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week honors. Logic was also unanimously selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

Coming out of Racine, Wisconsin, Logic was ranked as the No. 10 recruit in the 2011 class by ESPNHoopGurlz. Although Logic earned such a high ranking as a recruit, it took time through her first Big Ten season to become the highly productive and consistent player she was accustomed to being in high school.

“There are a lot more ups and downs in college then in high school,” said Logic. “

In high school if you are up, you are pretty much up the entire time.”

“Every game matters and you definitely have to be ready to combat the lows to make them your highs.”

At the beginning of the season Logic had to battle the lows as she put forth numbers that did not mirror her performances that made her such a highly sought after recruit.

In Logic’s senior year at Racine J.I. Case High School she averaged 15 points and 6.8 assists while leading her team to a conference title.

Those numbers did not transfer over in the Hawkeyes' first 21 games of the season, when she averaged 7.6 points and 3.5 assists a game. But when the Hawkeyes’ junior standout Jaime Printy went down with an ACL tear in her left knee at Wisconsin, ending her season, it was next player in and Logic took advantage of her opportunity.

For the rest of the season Logic upped her production, averaging 13.1 points and 4.3 assists to go along with a shooting percentage of 46 percent.

“She looks a lot more comfortable out there,” said Hawkeye senior Kamille Wahlin. “She finally decided to play her game, she just was maybe thinking to much.”

As of now the Hawkeyes are looking to receive a number eight or nine seed for the NCAA tournament beginning on March 30th.

The Hawkeyes could earn themselves a higher seed by improving their resume with an impressive run through the Big Ten Tournament this weekend.

“We have some good teams to be able to win against,” said Logic. “If Nebraska wins, they are ranked and that would help us out to beat them. Then Ohio State and Penn State are obviously two contenders.”

“A chance to beat them would definitely help out our tournament resume.”

The Hawkeyes' first match-up in the Big Ten Tournament will come against the winner of sixth-seeded Nebraska vs. 11-seed Northwestern.

Iowa was able to able to sweep their two game series against the Wildcats, but did not fare as well against Nebraska as the Cornhuskers took both games.

No matter the opponent, Logic will be looked upon to be a big part of a hopeful Hawkeye win.

“She’s becoming more of a floor leader,” said Coach Bluder. “Now she understands playing the point guard, which she is the majority of the time for our basketball team, she has to be that floor leader.”

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By Shane Carney

IOWA CITY- It’s that time of year again when players begin to thrive on the madness that is expected every March. Coaches across the country prepare their player’s performance to peak right at this point of the season.

Iowa freshman Samantha Logic got a head start.

“She’s getting more and more confidence in her three-point shooting,” said Coach Lisa Bluder on Tuesday. “You also have to have that person that distributes. She’s done a great job of that.”

Coach Bluder knew Logic had the potential to become an important player for her Iowa Hawkeyes (19-10, 11-5) from the beginning of the season. In the Hawkeyes eight-game win streak to finish out the regular season Logic has shown her full range of talents.

“When we were recruiting her, you knew you were getting a competitor, you knew you were getting a kid that could rebound and distribute the ball,” said Coach Bluder.” I’m really I guess happy, the most excited about her improvement in her offensive side of the game.”

That improvement has turned into four double-doubles during the win streak and impressive triple-double against Michigan (13 points, 11 assists, 13 rebounds) to help seal the number three seed heading into the Big Tournament.

For her play during the last week of the season, Logic received Co-Big Ten Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week honors. Logic was also unanimously selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

Coming out of Racine, Wisconsin, Logic was ranked as the No. 10 recruit in the 2011 class by ESPNHoopGurlz. Although Logic earned such a high ranking as a recruit, it took time through her first Big Ten season to become the highly productive and consistent player she was accustomed to in high school.

“There are a lot more ups and downs in college then in high school,” said Logic. “ In high school if you are up, you are pretty much up the entire time.”

“Every game matters and you definitely have to be ready to combat the lows to make them your highs.”

At the beginning of the season Logic had to battle the lows as she put forth numbers that did not mirror her performances that made her such a highly sought after recruit.

In Logic’s senior year at Racine J.I. Case High School she averaged 15 points and 6.8 assists leading her team to a conference title.

Those numbers did not transfer over the Hawkeyes first 21 games of the season, only averaging 7.6 points and 3.5 assists a game. But when the Hawkeyes’ junior standout Jaime Printy went down with an ACL tear in her left knee at Wisconsin ending her season, it was next man in and Logic took advantage of her opportunity.

For the rest of the season Logic upped her production averaging 13.1 points and 4.3 assists to go along with a shooting percentage of 46%.

“She looks a lot more comfortable out there,” said Hawkeye senior Kamille Wahlin. “She finally decided to play her game, she just was maybe thinking to much.”

Although a player can always gain confidence ending their season with improvement in terms of the numbers they put up, they are erased heading into tournament play.

As of now the Hawkeyes are looking to receive a number eight or nine seed for the NCAA tournament beginning on March 30th.

The Hawkeyes hope to play well in this week’s Big Ten tournament to hopefully improve their tournament resume and earn themselves a higher seed.

“We have some good to be able to win against,” said Logic.” “If Nebraska wins, they are ranked and that would help us out to beat them. Then Ohio State and Penn State are obviously two contenders.”

“A chance to beat them would definitely help out our tournament resume.”

The Hawkeyes first match-up in the Big Ten Tournament will come against the winner of No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 11 Northwestern.

Iowa was able to able to sweep their two game series against the Wildcats, but did not fare as well against Nebraska as the Cornhuskers took both games.

No matter the opponent, Logic will be looked upon to be a big part of a hopeful Hawkeye win.

“She’s becoming more of a floor leader,” said Coach Bluder. “Now she understand playing the point guard, which she is the majority of the time for our basketball team, she has to be that floor leader.”

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