Notebook: Davis shows toughness in Iowa win
As a highly ranked point guard coming out of high school, it was hard for Tania Davis to dodge comparisons to Samantha Logic.
Regardless of the differences in their skills, it seemed everyone wanted to compare Davis to the all-American point guard she was expected to replace.
After what Davis did in Sunday’s game at Northwestern, it is going to be even harder to stop those comparisons.
Davis showed some Logic-like toughness on Sunday, postponing stitches until after the game while helping Iowa close out a 79-64 win over the Wildcats.
“She took a pretty good head-butt at Northwestern and had to leave the game and required stitches, but that girl is a warrior,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said of Davis. “She did not have stitches until after the game, they butterflied it and she asked to come back in the game and she did come back in the game.”
Davis bumped heads with a Northwestern defender coming off a ball screen.
The collision left Davis with a cut that required stitches and a bruised and swollen eye but it didn’t keep her off the court.
She returned and helped Iowa win its second straight game to improve to 15-7 and get back to .500 in Big Ten play at 5-5.
“Chase (Coley) was setting a ball screen for me to come off with my right hand and the defender was kind of cheating the screen a little bit so I kind of hesitated to spin back to my left and she was just right there and our heads collided,” Davis explained. “When I came back into the game and lined up for free throws and the ref just came over and asked me if I was definitely OK. I said ‘I’m fine, lets proceed’ and that was it.”
Davis finished with 11 points and four assists in the win over Northwestern, playing 34 minutes despite her time on the bench following the injury.
“She hit a huge basket for us as the shot clock was going down and played great defense,” Bluder said. “Then she went over to Northwestern’s hospital and got it stitched after the game.”
Toughness isn’t the only reason Davis is being compared to Logic.
Over the last five games, Davis is averaging 13.6 points and 5.4 assists per game.
Davis has 27 assists and just six turnovers in her last five games and none in the past two.
She has now gone 85 minutes of game time without a turnover, dating back to a Jan. 24 loss at Purdue.
Iowa could be operating with a thin bench when it travels to Indiana on Thursday.
Sophomore Christina Buttenham didn’t make the trip to Northwestern after suffering a concussion in practice and is day to day.
Senior Claire Till has been dealing with knee pain that has kept her off the practice floor and out of uniform the past week. Bluder said her status for Thursday is also up in the air.
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