Logic locks up Big Ten’s weekly honor

CHICAGO – With the Iowa women’s basketball team up just four points at the half against Drake, head coach Lisa Bluder was looking for a second-half spark.

One of them came from junior point guard Samantha Logic.

Following her second career triple-double, Logic was named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week. The league office made the announcement Monday.

Logic had just two points at halftime but helped put in-state rival Drake away in the final 20 minutes with 10 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Hawkeyes went on to beat the Bulldogs, 75-51, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“What can I say about Sam that hasn’t already been said?” said UI head coach Lisa Bluder following Iowa’s 11th victory of the season. “Every game I get a ‘oh wow’ moment where I just stand up and applaud because it’s so much fun to see what she did.

The 5-foot-9 Logic made 6-of-7 from the floor against Drake and added two steals to her triple-double. Her first and only previous triple-double came against Michigan on Feb. 26, 2012.

“It was a great performance,” said Bluder of Logic’s effort against Drake. “For her to grab 17 rebounds as a point guard, that’s pretty amazing, and she also shot the ball well.”

Logic, who has 15 career double-doubles, is the only current Big Ten player with multiple triple-doubles. It was the fifth time someone from Iowa has accomplished the feat. Kachine Alexander also did it twice.

Saturday’s win over Drake also saw Logic overtake Michelle Edwards for second in career assists at Iowa. She now has 441 career helpers and trails only Cara Consuegra. Logic also currently leads the Big Ten in assists per game.

The award was Logic’s fourth in her career and second this season. She also was honored for her efforts during the week of Nov. 12.

The 11-2 Hawkeyes return to the court Saturday, hosting North Dakota at 2 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. That will be Iowa’s final non-conference game.