Nov. 24, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Samantha Logic has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Women’s Preseason Top 30 list, comprised of the early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national women’s college basketball media members.
Logic, named Preseason All-Big Ten and preseason All-America by ESPN, recorded her fifth career triple-double in Iowa’s comeback win over Dayton in the Hawkeye Challenge title game on Nov. 22, tallying 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, earning tournament MVP honors. She is tied for the fifth-most triple-doubles in NCAA history, and the most by any player as a member of the Big Ten. Suzie McConnell of Penn State (1985-88) and Louella Tomlinson of St. Mary’s (CA) (2008-11) hold the career record with seven.
Logic, the NCAA’s active career assists leader (659), ranks seventh in assists in Big Ten history. She leads the NCAA in the category this season (9.3), while also averaging 10.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Logic was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll today for her efforts in the Hawkeye Challenge.
As a junior, Logic earned honorable mention All-America honors from the Associated Press and the WBCA. The Racine, Wisconsin, native was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches, and a first team selection by the media, becoming the 18th Iowa player to garner first-team All-Big Ten honors, marking the most of any Big Ten program.
Logic (5-foot-9) — the 2014 Big Ten leader in assists — was the only player in the nation to average 13 or more points (13.3), six or more rebounds (6.6), and seven or more assists (7.5). She led the Big Ten in league play in assists (8.0) and steals (3.0). Logic was named Big Ten Player of the Week three times, while also being named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll four additional times. She was named 1-of-22 watch list finalists for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award (nation’s top point guard).
The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, who ranked third nationally in assists last season, notched three triple-doubles, becoming the first Big Ten player to record three triple-doubles in a single season. Logic ranked second nationally in triple-doubles; Alyssa Thomas of Maryland had four. Entering the 2013-14 campaign, there had only been 11 seasons in NCAA history in which a player registered three or more triple-doubles.
The 39th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the men’s and women’s Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2015 will go to San Diego State head men’s basketball coach Steve Fisher. The event will take place the weekend of April 10-12, 2015.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and `11). Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike won the 2014 Wooden Award.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All-American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.
No. 17 Iowa (4-0) hosts UNI on Tuesday on Mediacom Court at 7 p.m. (CT). Tickets are available by visiting the ticket office at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, calling 1-800-IA-HAWKS, or online at hawkeyesports.com.