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Hawks face quick turn-around to face Idaho State

[ 0 ] December 6, 2013 |

Iowa junior point guard Samantha Logic probably needs more time for the gash above her right eye to heal, but her team’s busy schedule won’t allow it.

The 25th-ranked Hawkeyes (9-1) will face Idaho State (2-5) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The game will be played less than 48 hours after Iowa hung on to defeat No. 22 Syracuse 97-91 Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

“Now I’m shifting my thought to that game as we sit here right now,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said in her post-game news conference Thursday. “We only have one day to prepare for that game.”

Logic was sitting next to Bluder at the news conference with a cut above her right eye that required eight stitches. Logic missed about six minutes in the first half while receiving medical treatment. She returned with 6 minutes, 27 seconds left in the first half and then orchestrated the comeback.

“I was just trying to get back out there,” said Logic, who scored 14 points and dished out seven assists against Syracuse. “Every time I heard some cheering I was happy.”

Iowa fell behind by 14 points late in the first half before storming back in the second half behind Logic’s play at point guard and behind the inside-outside combination of junior shooting guard Melissa Dixon and junior center Bethany Doolittle.

Dixon scored all 27 of her points in the second half, while the 6-4 Doolittle scored 17 of her career-high 25 points in the first half. Dixon made seven 3-point baskets for the second consecutive game. That ties the school record for most treys in a game, although Dixon is the only player to do it twice. She has made 22-of-44 3-point shots in the last four games after only making 7-of-46 treys in the first six games.

Senior Theairra Taylor also stuffed the statistical sheet against Syracuse, finishing with nine points, a game-high eight assists, seven rebounds and one steal.

But statistics only tell part of the story behind Iowa’s early-season success.

“It’s not really anything on the stat sheet that pleases me the most,” Bluder said. “It’s more their effort. It’s their attention to detail. It’s their focus and their camaraderie.”

Idaho State also has a quick turnaround after losing to Drake 78-59 Thursday at the Knapp Center in Des Moines. The Bengals are 0-5 on the road this season. This will mark the second time that the Iowa women’s basketball team has faced Idaho State. Iowa won the previous matchup 74-65 on Dec. 11, 1982, in Iowa City.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes women's basketball

About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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