A player recording a triple-double in basketball is supposed to be a cause for major celebration.
The hoops equivalent of a no-hitter or a four-touchdown game, the triple-double has historically been a career benchmark, a high point, a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for most players.
For Iowa point guard Sam Logic, flirting with or achieving triple-doubles has become almost unthinkably common.
The junior has notched three triple-doubles this season, giving her four for her career and becoming the only Big Ten player to ever record three triple-doubles in a single season.
In four other games, Logic has narrowly missed recording double figures in assists, rebounds and points.
Against Northwestern this season, she came up one rebound shy and came two boards short against Wisconsin.
“Nothing surprises us with her anymore,” Iowa freshman Ally Disterhoft said of Logic. “We’ll look at the stat sheet and she’ll have a triple-double and were just like, ‘Oh, that’s Sam Logic, that’s what she does.’”
The 5-foot-9 guard leads the Hawkeyes in scoring (14.1), rebounding (6.6), assists (7.5) and steals (2.5) this season and is the only player in the nation to average 13 or more points, six or more rebounds and seven or more assists.
Logic and the Iowa (23-7, 11-5) will open Big Ten tournament play Thursday as the fifth seed when they take on 12th seed Illinois (9-20, 2-14) at 1:30 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
“She is capable of getting a triple-double every single game,” junior Melissa Dixon said. “It doesn’t even surprise us any more. There will be a game where maybe she needed one more rebound to have a triple-double and we aren’t shocked or anything. That just happens all the time.”
Logic became Iowa’s all-time assist leader earlier this season surpassing Cara Consuegra for the top spot and has broken her own single-season assist record with a Big Ten best 224 assists this season.
The junior is in the top 15 in the Big Ten in nine major statistical categories and was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection by the Big Ten coaches earlier this week.
“That means that everybody in this conference respects what she does for our program and for our conference,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “I was really glad to see that.”
Logic has been at her best this season when the Hawkeyes have needed her the most.
In eight games against ranked opponents, Logic has averaged 17.6 points, nine assists and 6.4 rebounds.
“She is a competitor, and she is fierce, and she plays with passion and that is something that I really admire in Sam,” Disterhoft said. “She’s not afraid of anyone and she never backs down from anyone, and that is really fun to play with.’
A career 9.4 point per game scorer entering this season, Logic has posted the best numbers of her career this year.
She is shooting a career-best 49 percent from the floor this season, including 36 percent from 3-point range.
Logic has made nearly as many 3-pointers this season (26) as she did in her first two seasons combined (30).
While she acknowledges she’s worked on her 3-point shooting, those stats or any others for that matter aren’t a focus for Logic.
“You just play, stats I think are misleading a little bit, you don’t want to look too far into them because your impact isn’t just felt by stats,” Logic said. “I try not to really look at it too much. What’s important now is winning. It doesn’t matter how many shots you miss or how many shots you make, as long as Iowa comes out on top, we are happy with that.”
No. 23 Iowa (23-7, 11-5) vs. Illinois (9-20, 2-14)
When: 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Radio: KXIC 800-AM.
Stat Leaders: Iowa – Samantha Logic 14.1 ppg., 7.5 apg., 6.6 rpg.; Bethany Doolittle 13.8 ppg., 4.7 rpg., 3.3 bpg.; Melissa Dixon 13.2 ppg., 2.2 rpg. Illinois – Amber Moore 14.9 ppg., 4.8 rpg.; Ivory Crawford 14.4 ppg., 5.8 rpg.; Jacqui Grant 13.1 ppg., 5.8 rpg.
About the Hawkeyes: Iowa has won three straight and 11-of-14 games since opening Big Ten play with back to back losses. The Hawkeyes are 17-17 all time in the Big Ten tournament winning titles in 1997 and 2001. Iowa is 5-2 in first round games of the Big Ten Tournament.
About the Fightin Illini: Illinois enters the Big Ten tournament on a 10-game losing skid. The Illini haven’t won since upsetting Michigan State 61-51 on Jan. 24.
What to watch: Iowa and Illinois will meet for the second time in five days after the Hawkeyes ended the regular season with an 81-56 win over the Illini in Champaign. Iowa swept the season series with Illinois and is 3-0 all-time against Illinois in Big Ten tournament play.
BIG TEN WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT
PAST FIVE CHAMPIONS
2011: Ohio State.
2010: Ohio State.
2009: Ohio State.
THE BIG FIVE
The top five seeds of Penn State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue and Iowa are all locks for the NCAA Tournament no matter what happens in Indianapolis. There are these five teams, and then the other seven. These five have held court all season, with the group finishing at least three games ahead of sixth place. With Coach of the Year Coquese Washington and Player of the Year Maggie Lucas, top-seeded Penn State is seemingly the favorite to stand tall at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
MOST TO LOSE
In ESPN’s Charlie Creme’s latest bracketology, the massive drop-off after the first five teams is clear. Creme has Minnesota as the only other team in contention for the Big Dance, listed as one of the “last four in” as a No. 11 seed. If the Gophers get past Wisconsin and upset Nebraska in the second round, they are almost certain to advance.
MOST TO GAIN
Iowa, Penn State and Purdue are all hosting first- and second-round games in the NCAA Tournament, with the Hawkeyes the lowest of the three projected. Creme has Iowa as a 7-seed currently, but that could change if coach Lisa Bluder’s squad defeats Illinois in the first round and Purdue in the second round this week.
SIZING UP IOWA
Iowa has virtually no bad losses this season, holding its way through Big Ten play and recording key non-conference wins against Dayton and Syracuse. The Hawkeyes head in to Indianapolis on a three-game win streak. With Samantha Logic a triple-double threat every contest, all five starters averaging double figures, and the emergence of freshman Ally Disterhoft — Iowa is 9-2 since Disterhoft was inserted into the starting lineup on Jan. 19 — it isn’t inconceivable that the Hawkeyes could rattle off three straight wins to reach the Big Ten title game, but that would mean a win in the third round over the top-seeded Nittany Lions.
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