Logic's superb finale sums up Iowa career on, off court

Ryan Murken

OKLAHOMA CITY – Samantha Logic's career in an Iowa uniform ended on Friday in the most Samantha Logic way possible.

Her 14 assists in Friday's 81-66 NCAA Tournament regional semifinal loss to Baylor didn't signal the quintessential Logic ending.

Neither did her 13 points.

Not even a sixth-career triple double, good for second in NCAA history, provided the classic Logic ending, though that was a pretty Samantha Logic way for the senior point guard to go out.

That perfect Logic moment came in the locker room following her final collegiate game.

As media members made their way through a dejected Hawkeye locker room, Logic answered every question with her trademark demeanor — thoughtful yet straightforward.

When it came time to discuss that sixth career triple-double, she delivered the perfect Logic moment.

"Honestly, I'm probably not going to think about it at all," she said. "We wanted to win so bad and take that next step."

That's Sam Logic.

Lots of players say they don't care about stats other than wins. Few players actually live that maxim the way Logic does.

Logic would trade all the stats, every accolade, for just one win. That's what makes her special.

One of the best players to ever wear an Iowa uniform, Logic is as genuine as she is talented, as intense as her statistics are impressive.

"People will say what they want to say about (the triple-double)," Logic said. "I just wanted to give everything I had for my team, not even statistic-wise. But I just wanted to lay it all out there."

As usual, Logic is right. People will definitely say what they want to say about her career-closing triple double and everything that came before it.

This time, what they'll say is that it was a fitting end to one of the best careers ever for an Iowa player.

The 14 assists Friday made for an Iowa NCAA tournament record and brought Logic's career total to 898, good for second place on the all-time Big Ten list and in the national top 10.

Her other numbers aren't far behind.

Logic leaves Iowa in the top 10 all time in scoring (1,546 points, 10th), rebounding (922, second) and steals (260, also second).

"Sam doesn't care about that stuff, but you can't ask for anything more, to go out that way," Iowa senior Melissa Dixon said. "Playing a great game her last game was great to see for her."

"... She's the type of player you want on your team, all the time, every time."

One game can never accurately summarize a player's season, let alone a career. Yet Friday came close to doing that for Logic, both for what she did during the game and afterward.

"You are obviously disappointed after a loss, but your last loss is going to be a little different," Logic said. "Honestly, right now I'm just trying to think of all the fun times, all the good times that we have had as a team on and off the floor. These girls are like your sisters away from home, and I wouldn't trade anything I've done here with them for anything."

That's the most Samantha Logic ending you can imagine.

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