IOWA CITY — The Novocain didn’t work. Samantha Logic didn’t care.
The scene was Hilton Coliseum, during the Iowa Hawkeyes’ 83-70 women’s basketball loss against Iowa State last Thursday. For the second time in a week, Logic took a shot above the right eye.
This one reopened a wound suffered against Syracuse that required eight stitches. This one required eight more.
But the Novocain wasn’t taking hold.
“It just wasn’t working like it did the first time,” Logic said. “But I needed to get it done and get back on the court, so what do you do?”
Logic got sewn up without painkiller.
What else would you expect from someone that assistant coach Jan Jensen, on Twitter, refers to as “Nails?”
Nails, as in “Tough As … ”
“I can’t imagine how much that would have hurt,” Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder said during her press conference Wednesday. “I couldn’t have done that. I know I couldn’t. When it comes to that, I’m a wimp.”
The Hawkeyes’ junior point guard, Logic carried on in an overtime win over Dayton on Nov. 10 despite a chipped tooth. She hit a 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime.
Against Syracuse, Logic suffered her original cut. Blood was shed. After getting stitched, Logic helped the Hawkeyes rally from a double-digit deficit for a 97-91 victory.
There was never a doubt that she would return.
“You have to have those players that are going to do anything to help you win,” said Theairra Taylor, who shares captain duties with Logic. “If we need her to score no points and have eight rebounds and seven assists, or if we need her to score 30, she’ll do that for us.”
No doubt, Logic is living up to the hype that surrounded her arrival in Iowa City two years ago. A preseason All-Big Ten selection, she is averaging 13.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game as the 25th-ranked Hawkeyes have opened 10-2.
Logic brings numbers of production, and she brings an edge.
“I would like to think so,” she said. “I don’t want people to think I’m soft. I’m out to play and to win, whatever it takes.”
Logic spoke Wednesday with a bandage covering her twice-opened wound. The bruised skin under her eye took on hues ranging from green to purple.
“She brings a lot of fire to the court. She gets us fired up, pumped up,” said freshman Ally Disterhoft. “I can’t describe how tough she is.”
Nails. That pretty much sums it up.
“She’s not going to back down from anybody at any time,” Bluder said. “When you have a point guard like that, everybody else feeds off it.”
SCHEDEN ON SCHOLARSHIP
Freshman Hailey Schneden, who joined the program as a walk-on, was placed on scholarship for the spring semester.
Schneden has played in five games, logging 29 minutes and scoring eight points. She is a 6-foot-2 forward who led Davenport Assumption to three straight state championships.