Logic, Dixon are inseparable

Matt Cozzi

Samantha Logic remembered right away, where she was, the time of day, the day of the week.

Four years ago, Logic committed to the Iowa women's basketball team with as much fanfare as any other player in program history. The point guard was heralded in the state of Wisconsin and earned McDonald's All-American status.

But it was nine days later when Logic was thrilled for the first time as a Hawkeye.

That is when Melissa Dixon also picked Iowa, signaling a continuation of what has now become a seven-year relationship between Logic and Dixon. About to enter the 2014-15 campaign, the senior duo were teammates in AAU before reuniting when they each pledged allegiance to the Black and Gold.

"The text from (Dixon) said, 'Guess who's going to be spending the next four years together?' I was the happiest person ever, it was just awesome," Logic said Thursday at Iowa's annual media day. "Her top four (school choices) were in my top six, so you could tell what kind of people we wanted to be around and what kind of program we wanted to be around. That tells something in it of itself — what kind of people we are, what our families are like, what type of basketball we like.

"We didn't influence each other too much on it, but I was just ecstatic when she texted me that."

The guards have formed one of the more lethal offensive combinations in the Big Ten, and perhaps the country.

Logic has started every game of her collegiate career, evolving into a double-double threat every time she steps on the hardwood. She has tallied four career triple-doubles and is the NCAA career assists leader among active players heading into action this fall with 622. Iowa opens the season Nov. 14 against USC Upstate.

Dixon is fifth all-time in school history with 210 career 3-pointers. Her and Logic totaled 26 points per game last season in Iowa's up-tempo offensive system.

"It helped knowing someone coming in here," Dixon said of Logic. "It's reassuring that you're comfortable with someone. Every year, our friendship and relationship continues to grow. She's such a great point guard and such a great leader on the floor."

Logic was further complimentary of Dixon, noting Dixon's impact on offense.

"She can change the game so fast," Logic said. "She'll hit three 3s in a couple minutes and completely change the outlook of the game. We want to win so badly. That's the main motivation for us. Melissa is mad when she misses shots, but she's mad that she misses shots for her team."

Since Logic is one of the nation's best passers, the scroll of how many times Logic has assisted a Dixon-made basket is probably at least in the low hundreds.

Logic wasn't sure when asked to estimate how many of her assists have gone to Dixon.

"I think every shot she takes is going in, which is just nuts," Logic said and laughed. "So it's probably up there."