Samantha Logic excited for last Wisconsin homecoming
Samantha Logic is looking forward to returning home on Sunday.
Looking at the success that the Racine, Wis., native has had in her home state and you can certainly understand why.
Logic has recorded a double-double in all three of her previous career trips to Madison and has never lost to Wisconsin in her career.
The senior point guard will try to keep both of those streaks alive when No. 16 Iowa (18-4, 9-2 Big Ten) travels to Wisconsin (8-13, 4-7) for a 2 p.m. tipoff on Sunday.
"You want to try to say that it doesn't mean anything too much and you just want to be competitive any place you go," Logic said. "But I think it's just more special after the games, just to see everyone that is supporting me."
Logic has been good against just about everyone during her Iowa career.
She has been spectacular against her home-state Badgers, especially in Madison.
Logic, who was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list this week, is 5-0 against Wisconsin in her career.
In three games in Madison she is averaging 16 points, 11.3 rebounds and eight assists.
She had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in an 82-65 Iowa win in Madison last season in the only meeting between the two teams.
"That means a lot to us whenever we play in someone else's home state," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. "We want to make them proud that they left their home state and chose us."
Logic expects there to be plenty of family and friends in black and gold at the Kohl Center on Sunday to watch her final game in Madison.
"That's what is so special about it, not necessarily playing Wisconsin but having the opportunity to play in front of so many people that don't get to make the trip to Iowa City," Logic said. "That's what is so special about it."
Iowa's success against the Badgers expands past Logic's time in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes have won 13 in a row over Wisconsin and 19 of their last 21 against the Badgers.
That stretch includes six in a row in Madison.
"We've been fairly successful at Wisconsin," Bluder said. "It's been a good road place for us to win."
Wisconsin hasn't played since it snapped a four-game losing skid with a 73-62 win at Illinois last Sunday.
The Badgers are ninth in the Big Ten standings but have already eclipsed their conference win total from the previous two seasons when they finished 3-13.
Junior Nicole Bauman leads Wisconsin with 14.3 points per game and ranks ninth in the nation in 3-point percentage at 45.7 percent.
"I know they've won more games this year, I understand, than they have in the past in the Big Ten," Bluder said. "So they're obviously playing well."
Iowa remained alone in second place in the Big Ten standings with its win over Ohio State on Thursday.
The Hawkeyes remained one game in front of third-place Rutgers and two games ahead of Nebraska and Ohio State.
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No. 16 Iowa (18-4, 9-2 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (8-13, 4-7)
• Specifics — 2 p.m. Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
• Following the game — TV: BTN Plus. Radio: KXIC (800 AM), WMT (AM 600), WHO (1040 AM) Hawkeye Radio Network. Live scoring: www.hawkeyesports.com.
• Preview — Iowa has won 13 straight over the Badgers, including the last six meetings in Madison. Samantha Logic, a Racine native, has recorded a double-double in all three of her career games in Madison.