Logic a Finalist for Nancy Lieberman Award


March 13, 2015


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — University of Iowa senior Samantha Logic is 1-of-5 finalists for the 2015 Nancy Lieberman Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today. The honor is awarded to the top point guard in women’s Division I basketball.

Logic is joined on the list by Niya Johnson of Baylor, Lindsay Allen of Notre Dame, Moriah Jefferson of UConn, and Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State.

Finalists were selected by a committee of college basketball personnel including Hall of Famers, media members, head coaches and sports information directors. The award winner will be announced during the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Award Show at the Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Florida.


Logic — named preseason All-Big Ten and preseason All-America by ESPN — is also 1-of-15 players named to the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award. In addition, she has been named a 2014-15 `Wade Watch’ candidate, to the Naismith Trophy Women’s Midseason 30 List, and the Dawn Staley Award Watch List. The Racine, Wisconsin, native is a finalist for the 2015 Senior CLASS® Award and a Capital One Academic All-American. On March 2, she was named Big Ten Player of the Week and ESPN’s National Player of the Week.

Logic, a unanimous first team All-Big Ten pick for the second consecutive season, became the first Hawkeye since Kachine Alexander (2010, 2011) to earn a first team All-Big Ten honor more than once, and the ninth in program history. She has been recognized by the conference in all four seasons, earning third team honors as a sophomore and all-freshman team distinction.

Logic (5-foot-9) is the only player in NCAA history to accumulate at least 1,400 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists, and 200 steals.

Logic, the NCAA’s active career assists leader (869), ranks third in assists in Big Ten history and 14th in NCAA history. She leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the NCAA in the category this season (8.0), while also averaging 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Logic, the Big Ten’s assists leader the last three years, is one-of-two players nationally to average at least 11 points, seven assists, and six rebounds per game (Brittany Boyd of California).

Logic is tied for the fifth-most triple-doubles in NCAA history (five), 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.

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.

No. 15 Iowa (24-7, 14-4) is awaiting confirmation of its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. The selection show is set for March 16 at 6 p.m. (CT).

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