April 16, 2015
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By DARREN MILLER
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — University of Iowa senior point guard Samantha Logic was selected by Atlanta with the 10th pick in the first round of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft on Thursday in Mohegan Sun Arena.
It is the first time in 18 years — and second time in school history — that a Hawkeye women’s basketball player has been chosen in the first round of a WNBA Draft. Toni Foster was taken with the eighth pick of the first round by Phoenix in the 1997 Draft.
Logic, a 5-foot, 9-inch native of Racine, Wisconsin, started all 135 games during her four-year career with the Hawkeyes, scoring 1,546 points (10th in school history), grabbing 922 rebounds (second), and handing out 898 assists (first by 322). Logic is the only player in NCAA history to accumulate at least 1,500 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists, and 200 steals. She notched the sixth triple-double of her career (14 assists, 13 points, 10 rebounds) during an 81-66 loss to Baylor in the Sweet 16 on March 27.
As a senior, Logic averaged 13.4 points, 8.1 assists, and 7.0 rebounds in 34 games.
Atlanta was 19-15 during the 2014 regular season, losing to Chicago in the conference semifinals. The Dream are coached by Michael Cooper, who will begin his second season in Atlanta in 2015.
Logic is the 12th Hawkeye drafted into the WNBA. The most recent was Kachine Alexander, who was selected by Minnesota in the third round (26th overall) of the 2011 Draft.
Logic will return to campus after the Draft, graduating May 16 with majors in health and human physiology and sports studies. The next day she will leave for training camp. The WNBA regular season runs June 5-Sept. 13.
The first pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft was Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd, who went to Seattle.
To view the Atlanta Dream web site, click HERE.
WHAT ESPN2 HAD TO SAY ABOUT LOGIC:
“She can distribute the basketball — get it where it needs to be — she can also rebound the basketball. She is strong, tough, and has a head for the game and that’s what (Atlanta head coach) Michael Cooper likes in a point guard.”
“This is an Atlanta team that really needs to shore up its point guard spot and Samantha Logic will do that for them. At 5-9 she can score, but she is so good at the other parts of the game. She is an outstanding passer — good at the dribble penetrate and the kick. She will get in there and rebound the basketball.”
|IOWA HAWKEYES DRAFTED INTO THE WNBA
|Year||Name||Team||Round (Overall Selection)|
|2011||Kachine Alexander||Minnesota||(third round, 26th overall selection)|
|2006||Crystal Smith||Phoenix||(third, 32)|
|2002||Lindsey Meder||Minnesota||(third, 38)|
|2001||Cara Consuegra||Utah||(fourth, 56)|
|1999||Amy Herrig||Sacramento||(fourth, 38)|
|1998||Tangela Smith||Sacramento||(second, 12)|
|1998||Nadine Damond||New York||(second, 19)|
|1998||Angela Hamblin||Washington||(third, 23)|
|1997||Toni Foster||Phoenix||(first, 8)|
|1997||Tia Jackson||Phoenix||(second, 9)|
|1997||Michelle Edwards||Cleveland||(player allocation)|