Samantha Logic has done it all as a Hawkeye
Sam Logic has done a lot since arriving at Iowa.
The senior women's basketball point guard already owns a bundle of school records, including every assist mark available.
She's built an impressive resume of stats and stockpiled awards, honors and accolades.
Considering Logic has started 101 straight games since arriving in Iowa City in 2011, there isn't a lot she hasn't experienced.
Yet, as Iowa prepares to unofficially open the season Sunday against St. Ambrose in its only exhibition game, Logic finds herself bracing for a brand new opponent: her younger sister.
Logic's younger sister, Brette Logic, is a sophomore guard for the NAIA Bees and is expected to be in the starting lineup opposite her all-Big Ten big sister for Sunday's 3 p.m. tipoff.
"I think it will be something that we like later to look back on when we are a little older. In the moment, we probably won't love it too much," Samantha Logic said. "You have to try to prepare like it's any other game, even though it really isn't. But you have to try to look at it that way, and hopefully later we'll learn to like it a little better."
Logic is coming off the best season of her career and one of the best ever for an Iowa point guard.
The 5-foot-9 Logic averaged career-bests of 13.3 points and 7.5 assists per game last season and led the Hawkeyes in rebounding at 6.6 per game.
Logic had three triple-doubles a season ago, an all-time Big Ten best, and raised her field-goal, 3-point and free-throw percentages.
She also had a career-high 88 steals and dropped her turnover total by 20 while earning first-team all-conference honors.
Already Iowa's all-time assist leader, Logic is ninth all-time in the Big Ten in assists and was an honorable mention all-American a year ago.
"As far as point guards, she's at the very top of the players I've had," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "I've had some really good inside players, even going back to Drake. But Sam is the real deal."
The younger Logic is just getting started at St. Ambrose.
Brette started three games for the Bees last year as a freshman as St. Ambrose went 26-6, won the Midwest Classic Conference and advanced to the NAIA national tournament.
The 5-foot-6 guard averaged 3.0 points and was third on the team with 81 assists in her first season.
"This is an opportunity for the two Logic sisters to go head to head at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. That will be worth the price of a ticket, alone, because Brette is just about as strong-headed as Sam is," Bluder said. "
At Iowa's media day last week, the always even-keel Sam Logic predictably downplayed the sibling matchup.
Her teammates, however, said the trademark competitiveness that has defined Logic will come out Sunday.
"I think Sam is definitely excited," Iowa sophomore Ally Disterhoft said. "I think there is also a little bit of awkwardness because she doesn't want to beat up on Little Sis, but she's still going to attack that game like she does every game."
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ST. AMBROSE AT IOWA
• When: 3 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Radio: KXIC 800-AM.