IOWA CITY — Samantha Logic is a year more experienced.
And a year more composed.
“I don’t let things get to me as much,” Logic said as 24th-ranked Iowa (16-6 overall, 5-3 Big Ten) prepared for Sunday’s Big Ten women’s basketball game against Northwestern (10-11, 2-6).
Tipoff is 1 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
A sophomore, Logic has grown into one of the Big Ten’s best point guards. She averages nine points, 6.5 rebounds and seven assists per game.
And she has grown up.
“I think that would be a main thing for me and something that Sam’s worked hard on,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “She did a good job of this in the Michigan game (last week) in just keeping her composure, not getting upset with the officials.
“I think she’s starting to understand that a little better.”
Logic came to Iowa as a McDonald’s all-American out of Racine, Wis. She has started all 53 games as a Hawkeye.
In Iowa’s loss at Illinois on Thursday, she collected the 10th double-double of her career — 13 points and 10 rebounds.
“My decision-making has gotten better, and I’m doing a better job staying composed,” Logic said.
With that improved, the next step toward a complete arsenal is a better outside shot.
“I think she is a fine 3-point shooter, but she’s not a great 3‑point shooter,” Bluder said. “And I love it when all of our guards can really hit 3s, and nobody can be sagged off of defensively or not play strongly on the perimeter.”
Logic is 9 of 29 from behind the arc this season.
History leans in the Hawkeyes’ favor Sunday. Strongly.
Iowa has won 20 of the last 21 games against Northwestern, and hasn’t lost to the Wildcats at home since 1995.
The Big Ten race has reached its midpoint, with the Hawkeyes stuffed in a five-way tie for third place, two games behind co-leaders Penn State and Purdue.
Northwestern started the season 6-0, but has dropped 11 of its last 15 games.
NORTHWESTERN (10-11, 2-6) at No. 24 IOWA (16-6, 5-3)
Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Tipoff: 1 p.m. Sunday
Radio: KXIC-AM (800), KMJM-AM (1360)
Notable: The Hawkeyes have won 20 of the last 21 against Northwestern, and 12 straight at Carver. With four rebounds against Illinois, senior Morgan Johnson moved into seventh all-time in career rebounding. Johnson leads Iowa at 15.2 points per game, and Jaime Printy adds 14.2. Kendall Hackney averages 14.8 points per game for the Wildcats.