June 26, 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 DARREN MILLER
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Samantha Logic is a rookie in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and rookies typically don’t see loads of playing time.
That has been an adjustment for Logic, who was selected with the 10th pick in the first round by the Atlanta Dream in the 2015 WNBA Draft on April 16.
Logic and the Dream traveled to Chicago on June 24 where they were defeated in overtime by the Sky, 100-96. Logic played a career-high seven minutes, handing out two assists with a rebound and steal. She was 0-for-2 from the field, including a 3-point attempt that rolled out as the game ended.
“You can’t expect much that way,” Logic said about playing time. “You have to expect to learn every day and you have to be ready at any time. It’s a little different since I have started since I was little and played significant minutes. It is not my role right now. It’s an adjustment, but I knew not a lot of rookies get a lot of playing time unless it’s on a big rebuilding team and this team isn’t. I try to bring energy when Coop (head coach Michael Cooper) calls my name and learn every day whether it’s in a game, practice, or watching.”
During her All-America career at the University of Iowa, Logic played and started all 135 games from 2011-15, averaging 11.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 6.7 assists. She also averaged 33.6 minutes of court time per game.
In her first season with the Dream, Logic averages 5.8 minutes of playing time per game and she has seen action in four of Atlanta’s nine games. On Wednesday in Chicago, Logic played three minutes in the first half and quickly drew a charging call on the Sky’s Cappie Pondexter. She also provided a second-half spark and was on the floor at the end of overtime.
“As a rookie she has done a great job of coming in and settling herself, trying to find her way through this. She hasn’t played a lot of minutes and that is by design because we have the type of team to bring her along very slowly without having too much pressure put on her.”
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“As a rookie she has done a great job of coming in and settling herself, trying to find her way through this,” Cooper said. “She hasn’t played a lot of minutes and that is by design because we have the type of team to bring her along very slowly without having too much pressure put on her.”
Atlanta is currently 3-6, four games behind Connecticut in the Eastern Conference. The Dream plays at home tonight against the Washington Mystics, who have won five of seven games this season.
If and how much Logic plays remains to be seen, but like her days as a Hawkeye, she will be ready to do what is asked when she hits the floor.
“I need to have energy when I’m on the bench and when I get into the game, if that happens,” Logic said. “Whatever they ask of me is the personality I have taken anywhere I’ve gone. That’s all you can do — it’s your job now, they are the bosses — they tell you what to do and if you follow through, you will be alright.”
Logic said there was a “solid amount” of friends and family that made the 75-minute trip from her hometown of Racine, Wisconsin, to Chicago.
“Having that opportunity for my family and friends to come watch me and my team play is special,” Logic said. “Everyone has played such an integral part of me getting here, pushing me, and keeping me grounded, so I hope it is as special for them as it is for me.”
Atlanta is home for its next four games (June 26 to July 12), giving Logic a chance to tour the city where she now resides.
“I’m trying to explore Atlanta a little more now that we’re going to be home the next couple weeks,” Logic said. “I hope to see a little more and enjoy it while I’m there because you can only do this so long.”
The regular season for the Dream began June 5 and runs until Sept. 13. On July 31, Atlanta travels to the Target Center in Minneapolis to play the Lynx, giving Hawkeye fans another convenient trip to once again watch Logic play in person.