How do you top opening the season with a career-high point total in a 14-point win?
Just ask Iowa point guard Sam Logic.
Two days after pouring in a career-high 29 points in Iowa’s season opener, Logic hit a game-tying 3-pointer to send the game to overtime as Iowa downed No. 14 Dayton 97-93 Sunday in the finale of the Hawkeye Challenge.
Logic finished with 16 points and matched her own school record of 14 assists while playing 43 minutes despite losing a chunk of one of her front teeth in a scrum with just more than three minutes left in regulation.
The junior point guard’s 3-pointer with nine seconds left in regulation tied the game at 90 and Iowa held the Flyers (1-1) to three points in overtime as the Hawkeyes started the season 2-0.
“For her to come in and be able to focus three and a half minutes after losing half a tooth, that takes a lot,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said of Logic. “A lot of people would be thinking about their tooth instead of thinking about winning this game for their team. It shows what a competitor she is. It shows what kind of focus she has.”
Iowa led by as many as 15 points in the first half and held an eight-point lead with less than four minutes to play but still needed Logic’s late heroics to win for the eighth time in the past two season against a ranked opponent.
The Hawkeyes led 83-75 with less than four minutes to play, but Dayton went on a 15-2 run and took a 90-85 lead on a pair of free throws by Kelley Austria with 32 seconds left.
Freshman Ally Disterhoft cut the lead to three at 90-87 with a pair of free throws on Iowa’s next possession.
The Hawkeyes then got the ball back when they forced a Dayton turnover under the Iowa basket with 17 seconds left to set up Logic’s 3-pointer from the right wing.
“It felt good, and I was pretty open because they had some switch confusion,” Logic said. “I was pretty open, and with 10 seconds left, that is all you can do.”
Dayton had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Tiffany Johnson’s driving layup was no good.
Disterhoft gave Iowa a 93-90 lead when she converted a conventional three-point play just 21 seconds into overtime and Iowa never trailed again.
The Hawkeyes held Dayton to just one point for the first 3:56 of overtime and secured the win by hitting five-of-six free throws in the final 2:51.
Logic, who was named MVP of the Hawkeye Classic, added five rebounds and three steals in the win.
“We were down five with 30 seconds left,” Logic said. “A lot of people won’t have that focus or that intensity or even the thought that they can win.”
Bethany Doolittle scored a career-high 22 points to lead six Iowa players in double figures.
Disterhoft finished with 19 points and six rebounds in her second career game while Melissa Dixon added 13, Kali Peschel 12 and Theairra Taylor had 10.
“I’m happy that we have six people in double figures,” Bluder said. “Ally Disterhoft coming off the bench to contribute like she did was amazing.”
The 6-foot-1 Peschel had a career-high 14 rebounds for Iowa as the Hawkeyes out-rebounded Dayton 41-40.
The Flyers were led by Andrea Hoover with 23 points while Austria added 20.
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