IOWA CITY, Iowa—Iowa failed to find their offensive rhythm the entire first half against the Miami Hurricanes but still defeated them 69-53. Samantha Logic changed that around in the second half and finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
“In the press conference yesterday when you asked me the key to Iowa, and I said Samantha Logic, she must have heard that, and I don’t sugarcoat much she was phenomenal.” Miami Head Coach Katie Meier said.
Logic kept her composure after the Miami pressure started to pressure Iowa at the beginning of the second half and Iowa was down by as many as seven points early in the second half.
“That’s my job to be the coach on the court,” Logic said.
Miami won the rebounding battle big 53-37 but season-high 24 turnovers killed any chance the Hurricanes had of moving on. Logic had a team high 11 rebounds for Iowa, and Coach Lisa Bluder said that you don’t see many guards that can do that.
After a tough half dealing with Miami’s size, the Hawkeyes turned to their perimeter shooting. It saved the day. Melissa Dixon hit three three-point field goals in a span of two minutes to get the Hawkeyes offense clicking.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Miami’s inside presence was their go-to. With Morgan Stroman and Shawnice Wilson each had 15 points for the Hurricanes. Coach Meier said that they probably needed more than that though to match Iowa’s perimeter shooting.
Now the Hawkeyes will move on to play Notre Dame on Tuesday once again at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The home crowd played heavily to Iowa’s favor Bluder, Dixon and Logic all added in the post-game press conference.
Bluder said it was especially important to win in front of a home crowd after not being able to do so five years ago when Iowa hosted at Carver Hawkeye.