IOWA CITY — Iowa needed a big shot. Samantha Logic delivered one, chipped tooth and all.
Iowa rallied from five points down in the final 23 seconds, capped by Logic’s clutch 3-pointer with 10.4 ticks on the clock to force overtime, helping the Hawkeyes escape No. 16 Dayton, 97-93, to win the Hawkeye Challenge before 3,370 fans Sunday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“I was pretty open and with 10 seconds left, that’s all you can kind of do,” said Logic, who earned tournament MVP honors with 16 points and tied her own school record with 14 assists.
Logic’s heroics came despite a chipped front tooth sustained while diving for a loose ball with Iowa up 83-75 and 3:53 left in regulation.
“It shows what a competitor she is,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said. “It shows the kind of focus that she has.”
Iowa (2-0) led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but Dayton responded with a 27-9 run for a brief lead. Iowa led at the half, 47-46, and began the second with a 23-12 burst, highlighted by two 3-pointers from Melissa Dixon and all 10 of Theairra Taylor's points. Dayton again had an answer, whittling down the Hawkeyes' lead until two free throws from Dayton's Ally Malott tied the game at 85-85 with 2:13 to go. By the time the Flyers extended its lead to 90-85, Iowa had gone nearly three minutes without a point.
Cue the comeback, and the resulting 7-3 advantage in the extra period gives Iowa a win that is sure to attract votes in the upcoming top-25 poll.
“Basketball is a game of momentum and you definitely saw that out there today,” Bluder said. “The composure our players played with down the stretch, especially this early in the year, is pretty remarkable.”
Andrea Hoover scored 23 points for Dayton (1-1), which is picked to win the Atlantic-10 Conference after a 28-3 season a year ago. Hoover left the game with 8:07 remaining in the second half after taking a hard charge from Logic.
The Hawkeyes were comfortable with Dayton’s up-tempo attack, matching the Flyers firepower with six players in double figures. Junior Bethany Doolittle poured in a career-high 22 points, while Kali Peschel added 12 and pulled down 14 rebounds, also a career high. Freshman Ally Disterhoft provided instant offense with 19 points off the bench, including 10 straight first-half points. The reigning Miss Iowa Basketball from Iowa City West put the Hawkeyes up for good at 93-90 with a driving baseline layup and free throw to begin the extra period.
“I definitely felt comfortable out there and that’s easy when you’re playing with such a great group of girls,” Disterhoft said. “It puts a lot less stress on me. When my name was called I just tried to come out there and help the team however I could.”
Iowa hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff this Wednesday at 7.