March 4, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Four University of Iowa women’s basketball players – Melissa Dixon, Morgan Johnson, Samantha Logic and Jaime Printy – have received All-Big Ten recognition, the conference announced Monday afternoon.
Dixon was named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, becoming only the second player in school history to earn the award (Megan Skouby, 2008). This is Dixon’s first Big Ten postseason award.
The sophomore from Johnsburg, Ill., led Iowa in scoring during Big Ten play, collecting 197 points (12.3 points per game). In conference games, Dixon led the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (43 percent), was second in 3-pointers made per game (2.9), 14th in field goal percentage (44.5 percent) and 19th in scoring (12.3).
Dixon reached double figures in 14 of Iowa’s 30 regular season games, including four 20-point performances. She scored at least 20 points in back-to-back contests to close the regular season.
“I’ve been saying all year that Melissa was a lock for Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year,” head coach Lisa Bluder said. “What she has accomplished this year is the definition of the award. She provided a huge spark for us off the bench and has put together some incredible performances. Melissa is very deserving of this award.”
Senior Morgan Johnson was named second team All-Big Ten by the conference coaches and media and also earned Iowa’s Sportsmanship Award nomination. Johnson is Iowa’s leading scorer at 14.9 points per game and tied for the team lead with 12.3 points per game in Big Ten action. Johnson ranks fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (52.5 percent), fourth in blocks (1.9), fifth in offensive rebounds (3.0), eighth in rebounding (7.5), ninth in scoring (14.9) and 13th in defensive rebounds (4.6).
The Platte City, Mo., native has nine double-doubles on the season and has scored at least 10 points in 24 contests. Johnson has gone over 20 points in eight games.
This is Johnson’s second All-Big Ten honor, as she was named second team last year as a junior.
“Morgan has performed at a very high level throughout her senior season,” Bluder said. “In my opinion, she is the most talented post player in the Big Ten and her versatility makes her very hard to guard. She has done a great job on the glass for us this year and everyone knows how talented she is on the defensive end. We play in a very difficult conference that is filled with talented players. It’s a big honor for Morgan to be recognized as one of the top 10 players in the Big Ten.”
Sophomore Samantha Logic landed on the media third team and was an honorable mention pick by the coaches. Logic has filled the stat sheet on a consistent basis this season, averaging 9.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game. The Racine, Wis., native leads the Big Ten in assists, ranks fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.5), seventh in field goal percentage (49.3 percent), 11th in offensive rebounds (2.4), 13th in steals (1.9) and 15th in rebounding (6.4).
Logic has 13 games with at least 10 points, four games with 10 or more rebounds and four games with double digit assists. She set the single game record for assists (14) and broke the single season record in the regular season finale at Northwestern. Logic currently has 198 assists.
Logic was a unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Freshmen Team a year ago.
“Sam has been our floor general all season,” Bluder said. “She has done a great job of leading our team on the court and we can rely on her to contribute in the areas where we need her the most on a given night. The Iowa women’s basketball program is rich in tradition, and it speaks volumes about her play this year to break all of those assists records as a sophomore. Sam is one of the most exciting players to watch in our conference.”
Printy was an honorable mention selection by both the coaches and media. She is the first player in Iowa history to earn All-Big Ten honors in each of her four years in the program (there have been 14 players in Iowa history to receive three All-Big Ten awards). Printy was Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a second team All-Big Ten pick as a freshman, second team All-Big Ten as a sophomore and third team All-Big Ten as a junior.
Printy is Iowa’s second leading scorer at 13 points per game and leads the Big Ten with a 92.2 free throw percentage. She also ranks 10th in assists (3.3) and assist/turnover ratio (1.2), 12th in 3-pointers made (1.7) and 15th in scoring (13).
The Marion, Iowa, native registered 20 games in double figures, including five 20-point games and a career-high 33 points at San Diego.
“Jaime will leave our program as one of the most decorated players in school history,” Bluder said. “She has been a fixture on the All-Big Ten teams since her freshman year. Jaime is one of the best free throw shooters in the country and has put together some great performances for us this year. It’s great to see our conference honor a player like Jaime.”
Bluder has now coached 16 players to 37 All-Big Ten honors, including 10 first team picks, 10 second, 10 third and seven honorable mention selections. She has also had two Big Ten Freshman of the Year award winners, two Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year recipients, five members of the Big Ten All-Freshman team and two players named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team.