In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Iowa’s normally effective offensive attack needed a little bit of a boost Saturday.
It was no surprise that Samantha Logic was there to give it.
Logic posted the fifth triple-double in school history and second of her career as Iowa shook off a slow start to down Drake 73-51 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Logic finished with 12 points and game-highs of 10 assists and 17 rebounds as Iowa improved to 11-2.
“What can I say about Sam that hasn’t been already said?” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “It was just a great performance out there.”
Logic made six of her seven field-goal attempts Saturday but was most proud of her 17 boards.
“I like the assists a lot, I’ve just always liked that but if you get 17 rebounds, I think that would be up there today,” Logic said when asked which stat she enjoyed the most. “I know our team needed it today.”
Iowa certainly needed Logic’s big night to pull away from a scrappy Drake (5-5) team coached by former Hawkeye standout Jennie Baranczyk.
Iowa was outrebounded by the Bulldogs 27-21 in the first half and led just 28-24 at the break.
The Iowa lead was 32-30 with less than 18 minutes to play when the Hawkeyes unraveled a 19-2 run fueled by Logic.
The junior point guard had six points and five rebounds during the stretch, which spanned more than six minutes.
“The second half was a nice Christmas present. The first half, I wondered what was going on for a little bit. I think we were kind of stuck in a finals funk for a little bit,” Bluder said. “It wasn’t pretty the first half, but the second half I thought we played a lot better.”
Logic was at her best after halftime.
She nearly posted a double-double in the final 20 minutes. Logic amassed 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the second half before exiting with just under two minutes to play.
“Every game, I get an ‘Oh ,wow’ moment where I get to just stand up and applaud,” Bluder said of Logic. “It’s just so much fun to see what she did.”
Freshman Ally Disterhoft added a career-high 17 points and nine rebounds for Iowa, while Melissa Dixon finished with 13 points.
Iowa shot 46 percent from the floor, including 57 percent in the second half, as the Hawkeyes outscored Drake 45-27 after halftime.
“I think we did a lot better job in the second half of just rotating the ball,” Disterhoft said. “When we move the ball well, it creates open shots for people and also open driving lanes.”<EL,5>
<EN>Halftime—Iowa 28, Drake 24. Team fouls—Drake 11, Iowa 17. Fouled out — none. Attendance—5,598.
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