Nov. 25, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Samantha Logic has been named a 2014-15 “Wade Watch” list candidate for the prestigious award, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Tuesday.
Monday, Logic was 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.
Now in its 38th year, The Wade Trophy is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University coach, Lily Margaret Wade. During her six seasons as head coach, Wade won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen and recorded a career record of 157-23.
Regarded as “The Heisman of Women’s Basketball,” The Wade Trophy is presented annually to the WBCA NCAA Division I Player of the Year by SHAPE America – the Society of Health and Physical Educators and the WBCA. The 25-member list is made up of top NCAA Division I student-athletes who best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade according to the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
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.