Hawkeyes' Logic, American's Dumiak show similarities
American coach Megan Gebbia had a familiar comparison for Iowa fans that may be curious about Patriot League player of the year, Jen Dumiak.
Think of an East Coast version of Samantha Logic.
A 5-foot-10 point guard, Dumiak is the Eagles' do-everything senior — a role Iowa fans have seen Logic flourish.
Dumiak averages a team high 16.9 points, ranks 15th in the nation in assists per game (6.2) and is surprisingly effective rebounder from her guard spot with 5.5 boards per game.
Sound familiar Hawkeyes fans?
"That is the first thing I think we said to Jen when we started watching film on Iowa was that her counterpart at the same position, basically plays the same way," Gebbia said.
Iowa fans will get a chance to see for themselves when Iowa (24-7) and American meet in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Like Logic, the Carlsbad, Calif. native is the key to the Eagles' offensive and defensive success.
"She's really the key to the team," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said of Dumiak. "In my opinion, she's a big key to their offensive success."
The similarities are certainly there on paper.
A unanimous all-Big Ten pick and second-team ESPN All-American, Logic ranks third in the nation with eight assists per game.
The senior point guard also averaging 14.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for Iowa.
As Gebbia watched film on Logic she saw a lot of her own point guard in the nations active assist leader.
"They both like to get into the paint, they are both big on getting the assist, as well as scoring," Gebbia said. "Just their feistiness and their heart that they bring each and every day; they both go 100 percent every possession, both ends of the court, so there's amazing similarities."
Dumiak has put together a very Logic-like career at Washington, D.C.-based American.
She is five rebounds away from becoming the first player in program history with 1,000 career points, 500 career rebounds and 400 career assists.
Dumiak has turned in her best season this year while lifting American (24-8) to the Patriot League regular season and tournament titles.
She is shooting 52 percent from the field, including 42 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
Dumiak ranks fourth in the nation in free-throw shooting at 92 percent and leads the Eagles in both free-throw attempts (148) and makes (136).
"She scores from all different areas, 3‑point penetration, free-throw line, she's over a 90 percent free-throw shooter," Bluder said. "She shoots the most free throws of anybody on the team but when she gets into the paint, she's pretty deadly. We need to make sure that she stays out of the paint."
Dumiak leads three players in double figures for the Eagles, but if No. 14 seed American is to have any chance to pull the upset against third-seeded Iowa it will likely need a strong performance from Dumiak on both ends of the court.
The Eagles play almost extensively player-to-player defense, and Dumiak will likely spend her fair share of time matched with Logic.
"I think the defensive end starts with picking the ball up, giving Logic a hard time bringing the ball up the floor," Dumiak said. "Kind of slowing it down and not letting her get in the paint."
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