Point guards Logic and Johnson ready for battle

Ryan Murken
Iowa's Samantha Logic (22) averages 13.4 point per game while her counterpart in Friday's matchup, Big 12 player of the year Niya Johnson, scores 7.2 a contest.

Samantha Logic knows plenty about what makes a good point guard.

She's spent the past four years turning herself into one of the best.

The NCAA's active assist leader, Logic has racked up 864 assists in four years directing the Iowa offense. She's a 1,000 point scorer, an all-conference and All-American pick, and a strong leader.

And Logic sees plenty of what she's looking for in a point guard when she watches Baylor junior Niya Johnson.

"She is a facilitator, she looks to get her teammates the ball which I really respect in a point guard," Logic said of Johnson. "I like watching that."

Logic and Johnson, two of the best point guards in the nation, will go head-to-head on Friday when Iowa (26-7) meets Baylor (32-3) on Friday in the Sweet 16.

Johnson, a 5-foot-8 junior, leads the nation in assists with 8.7 per game. Logic ranks third with 7.9 assists per outing.

"It's going to be a fun matchup," Logic said. "I think a lot of people who appreciate point guard play like that will enjoy it."

Getting the ball to teammates is something that both Logic and Johnson have done at historic paces this season.

Johnson has already set the Baylor and Big 12 single-season record with her 296 assists this season.

Logic is seven assists away from matching her own single-season school record established last year and ranks third all-time in Big Ten history in career assists.

Baylor's Niya Johnson (2) leads the nation is assists with 8.7 per ganme. "It's going to be a fun matchup," Hawkeye Samantha Logic said, who ranks third with 7.9.

"Logic, she's a great player," Johnson said. "I've seen the film on her and I see what she does."

Assists are the stat that link Logic and Johnson, but both bring plenty more to the court.

Logic averages 13.4 points, is second on the team in rebounding at 6.9 per game and also leads Iowa with 61 steals.

The 5-foot-9 senior notched the fifth triple-double of her career earlier this season, which tied her for the fifth-most in NCAA history.

"She is a tremendous player that makes everybody around her better," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said of Logic. "She is a triple-double waiting to happen every game."

The lightning quick Johnson averages 7.2 points and five rebounds per game and like Logic, leads her team with 58 steals.

The similarities between the two are plentiful.

"They're kind of similar players because they're both just tenacious players, great rebounders, do everything for you type of players," Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said.

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Logic and Johnson go about their offense in different ways.

Johnson hasn't made a 3-point shot this season, but has made 82 free throws and is shooting 43 percent from the field.

Logic has made 28 3-pointers this season and has excelled from mid-range while shooting 49 percent from the floor.

On Friday, both players will try to take the other out of what they want to do.

"That is two of the best point guards in the country going at it," Iowa senior Melissa Dixon said. "It's going to be really fun to watch."

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