Iowa junior Samantha Logic considers herself more of a pass-first point guard, but she can score when the circumstance calls for it.
The circumstanced called for it in the Iowa women’s basketball team’s season opener against California-Riverside and Logic responded by scoring a career-high 28 points during a 70-56 victory Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“Opening up the season, you never know exactly what you’re going to get, and today I don’t think we flowed quite as nicely as we did on Sunday (in the exhibition game),” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “But at the same time, there were some good things.
“Sam Logic, I thought she was outstanding in this game today. She also led us with five assists.”
Logic started all 34 games last season and set a single-season school record with 217 assists while making third-team all-Big Ten.
She had to look for her shot more Friday with sharpshooting guard Melissa Dixon struggling on offense. Dixon missed all 10 of her field-goal attempts Friday, including seven from 3-point range.
Logic, on the other hand, made 11-of-20 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws. The Racine, Wis., native also had seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
“Coach told me to keep attacking and if you’re driving at Melissa Dixon, they’re not going to be too keen to help out,” Logic said.
Iowa now has less than 48 hours to prepare for Sunday’s game against 14th-ranked Dayton at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Bluder was impressed that her team scored 70 points on a night when two of its leading scorers struggled. In addition to Dixon being held to two points, starting center Bethany Doolittle only made 3-of-11 shots and scored eight points.
“That’s remarkable,” Bluder said. “It’s great other people stepped up tonight. And that’s actually good for us because it’s good for the confidence of the other players that they know they can pick it up when our traditional scorers are not scoring.”
Iowa was trailing 21-17 when Logic made a traditional 3-point play with 6 minutes 27 seconds left in the first half. Her basket and free throw triggered an 18-5 scoring run for Iowa to close the first half.
The Hawkeyes led 35-26 at halftime despite making only 10-of-32 field goals in the first half, including 1-of-8 attempts from 3-point range. The Highlanders also had a 25-22 advantage on the boards in the first half.
Iowa expanded its lead to 17 points in the second half and had six players who scored at least five points. Freshman Ally Disterhorft, who attended West High, came off the bench to score seven points and grab eight rebounds.
“I’m a designated (board) crasher,” said the 6-foot Disterhoft. “So I was just trying to get two feet in the paint on every possession and just try to help out the team in that aspect.”
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