Samantha Logic focused on the present

Ryan Murken
Iowa City Press-Citizen

Samantha Logic has a lot on her mind these days.

At the forefront of the senior point guard's thoughts is a third meeting with rival Nebraska in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday.

The NCAA Tournament with a possible top-four seed and a potential first career trip to the Sweet 16 loom.

There is always school work for recently named Academic All-American to think about, and of course, the future where Logic is listed as a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 WNBA draft.

What hasn't crept into Logic's mind lately is a questions Iowa fans have been tossing around more and more with every record the senior breaks – is Logic the best ever at Iowa?

"Honestly," Logic began on Thursday. "I haven't thought about that at all. I'm not really into that right now. You want to enjoy what you are doing right now and you can look back at that later so honestly I haven't thought about it too much."

The all-time best talk can get brought up a lot these days.

In the instance of Logic it's hard not to take a hard look at the case she has built for best of all-time.

Logic has started more games than anyone in Iowa history (130) and will leave with the record for consecutive games played.

She holds every assist record imaginable at Iowa and will wrap up her career the only player in program history to rank in the top 10 in career points, rebounds and assists.

Logic has 1,480 career points and needs four more to crack the top 10 in program history.

She needed less than three full seasons to become the Hawkeyes all-time assist leader and is currently third in Big Ten history and 16th in NCAA history in that category.

Logic ranks second in program history in steals (252) and fifth in rebounds (884).

"Michelle Edwards was an unbelievable player, I think she was a special player and I think Sam is a special player as well," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said when asked the question of best ever. "She would rank her right up there in that type of category as one of the top player ever to wear an Iowa uniform."

That's only the start to Logic's long ledger of stats and honors.

She was a unanimous All-Big Ten pick for the second straight year this season, she's a finalist for the Nancy Liberman Award, she was named to the John R. Wooden Award midseason top 20 list and was one of 16 athletes named to the Dawn Staley Award watch list.

None of the success has been a surprise to those who know Logic best.

Senior Melissa Dixon, a high school AAU teammate of Logic's isn't surprised by anything the senior does or any award or honor that comes her way.

"I knew that she was going to be so successful because she works so hard and has so much passion and so much love for the game," Dixon said. "You just knew she was going to be a special player."

If Logic isn't the best ever to play at Iowa, she is certainly the most versatile.

Logic has five career triple-doubles which is tied for the fifth-most in NCAA history and is the most of any player as a member of the Big Ten.

The 5-foot-9 point guard is the only player in NCAA history to accumulate at least 1,400 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists and 200 steals.

"To me that is the most complete maybe in history and she is in our locker room with our team," Bluder said. "You can't ask for somebody better than that to lead our team."

Logic has been at her best this season.

Given her career numbers that is no easy task.

Logic is averaging a career-best 13.4 points per game this season.

Her eight assists per game lead the Big Ten and rank third nationally and Logic is one of only two players in the nation averaging at least 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds a game.

As her final season winds down, Logic continues to reach new levels.

Logic has scored in double digits in five straight games and surpassed 20 points in four straight.

Over her last four games she is averaging 23.3 points 10.3 assists and 7.8 rebounds.

"It's mostly about how teams are playing us," Logic said of her recent scoring. "They are trying to take Melissa (Dixon) away a little bit and trying to limit her touches so knowing that going in I might have a little bit of a different mindset."

Logic may not be thinking about her legacy right now but those who have watched the senior for the past four years can't stop talking about her place in program history.

The list of those who continually marvel at Logic's growing list of accomplishments includes her teammates.

"Absolutely," Dixon almost shouted when asked if Logic deserves to be mention among the best ever at Iowa. "She does everything on the floor, she is a triple-double waiting to happen every single night. She just does it all for us."

Logic's sole focus right now is a Big Ten Tournament title that has eluded her during her time and Iowa.

After that she said she'll turn her thoughts to the NCAA Tournament and a possible trip to the Sweet 16.

When her career finally ends she'll look back at what she's done.

Even then, Logic won't be worried about stats or where she stands in terms of the best players to play at Iowa.

"I want people to remember how much fun I had playing with my team, how much passion we play with for each other and with each other and how badly we want to win for each other," Logic explained. "People will look back at stats and get into arguments over whatever they want to argue about but I just want people to remember our team being one of the closest teams ever and wanting to win so badly for each other. That passion we had, that's not something that is really debatable to me."

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