April 21, 2015
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Editor’s Note: The following first appeared in the University of Iowa’s Hawk Talk Daily, an e-newsletter that offers a daily look at the Iowa Hawkeyes, delivered free each morning to thousands of fans of the Hawkeyes worldwide. To receive daily news from the Iowa Hawkeyes, sign up HERE.
By JIL PRICE
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Guide the University of Iowa women’s basketball team to its first Sweet 16 appearance in 19 years. Check.
Achieve a school record 18-0 record inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Check.
Become the fourth consensus All-American in program history. Check.
Earn Academic All-America accolades. Check.
Receive the 2015 Senior CLASS Award. Check.
Be a first round selection in the WNBA Draft. Check.
Senior Samantha Logic, the only player in NCAA history to accumulate at least 1,500 career points, 900 rebounds, 800 assists, and 200 steals, has done so much in her final year as a Hawkeye, but still has a few more items to check off her to do list.
Logic will wrap up two more classes this semester, walk across the stage at her graduation ceremony on May 16, and earn degrees in health and human physiology and sports studies. That same day she will head straight to the airport to get ready for training camp with her new team — the Atlanta Dream.
“I’ll graduate and fly out that same day because training camp starts May 17,” Logic said. “I still have to work out the details of that with the team. It will be a tight window there, but I can make it work.
“My preparation is going to be the same going into Atlanta. Whatever coach asks me to do there; I’m going to step up and do.”
While her focus remains on her role with the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA, Logic plans to pursue opportunities to play for a team professionally overseas later this year.
“I will because the WNBA season is relatively short,” Logic said. “It’s good to have that opportunity to play overseas and continue to get better. Then getting to travel the world, and play basketball for a living is something that is another blessing.”
UI head women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder has enjoyed watching Logic reach her goals on and off the court throughout her career. She was able to share the latest accolade with her in person, along with the Logic family, and fellow members of the Iowa coaching staff at the 2015 WNBA Draft.
Seeing Logic achieve her lifelong dream of playing professionally is something Bluder will always remember.
“This has been Sam’s dream for a long time and that means well before she got to the University of Iowa,” Bluder said. “I got to spend a lot of time with Sam’s parents out there and at dinner one night they told me they bought her a Sue Bird jersey years and years ago, and she wore that thing out.
“This is what her aspiration has been since she has been a little girl and to see that come true is what every coach wants. You want to have your players reach their goals and it is fun to see that happen.”