IOWA CITY — This was what Katie Meier feared.
“Well, I think I jinxed (us) in (Saturday’s) press conference,” said Meier, the women’s basketball coach at Miami (Fla.)
“You asked me the key to Iowa and I said Samantha Logic, because boy, she was phenomenal.”
Logic scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Iowa moved on with a 69-53 first-round NCAA win over the Hurricanes on Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“She was extraordinary today,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “Not many point guards in the country are going to get double-doubles with rebounds and points.”
Logic has played two NCAA games for the Hawkeyes. Both times, she posted double-doubles.
“I didn’t think to take (the game) into my own hands,” said the sophomore. “I just wanted to be composed and not let whaveter they are going to throw at me, rattle me.”
Normally a distributor more than a scorer, Logic tallied nine of the Hawkeyes’ first 13 points. She had 13 points in the first half, after which the Hawkeyes trailed, 28-27.
All four of her assists came after intermission as Iowa (21-12) warmed up from outside. Melissa Dixon hit three shots from 3-point range in a two-minute span as the Hawkeyes erased a seven-point deficit.
Dixon had no points, two fouls and three turnovers in the first half. She scored 13 points after intermission.
“They switched on a couple of the screens and allowed me to be open, and my teammates made some really good passes to me,” Dixon said.
Iowa outscored the Hurricanes (21-11) by a 42-18 margin in the final 18 1/2 minutes.
As a reward, the Hawkeyes face No. 2 Notre Dame (32-1) in the second round at 8:30 Tuesday night. Win or lose, it will be the final Carver appearance for seniors Morgan Johnson, Jaime Printy and Trisha Nesbitt.
Printy received a loud ovation from the crowd of 6,836 and a big hug from Bluder as she exited Sunday’s game with victory secure.
“It was the best feeling in the world,” Printy said. “I was a little worried earlier today, knowing this could be it. I was freaking myself out.”