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IOWA CITY -- Every game, according to Lisa Bluder, Samantha Logic provides a signature play.
"There's always an 'Oh, wow' moment," Bluder said.
Bluder couldn't readily identify one Saturday, so we'll go with an 'Oh, wow' line. A triple-double line.
Logic supplied 12 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists as 25th-ranked Iowa pulled away from Drake, 73-51, in a women's basketball game in front of 5,598 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The triple-double was Logic's second, and the fifth in Iowa history.
"I really like the assists," said the junior point guard. But the rebounds tonight, that's up there," Logic said. "The team needed it."
Iowa (11-2) slumbered through the first 24 minutes before a 15-0 run broke it open.
Theairra Taylor ignited the surge with a basket from the top of the key and a 3-pointer as the Hawkeyes turned a tight game into a comfortable margin at 51-32.
The outcome dampened the return of Drake Coach Jennie Baranczyk, who, as Jennie Lillis, had a standout career under Bluder at Iowa.
"It was a tale of two halves," Baranczyk said. "The first half, we were right there. The second half, we weren't."
Iowa was playing its first game in nine days, and through the early stages, that's how it looked.
Drake (5-5) played the Hawkeyes even-up through most of the first half, taking its final lead at 19-18 on Lizzy Wendell's 3-pointer at the 8:50 mark. But the Bulldogs managed just six points the rest of the half, and Iowa went into the locker room in front, 28-24.
"We can only use the finals excuse once," Taylor said. Next time out (next Saturday, against North Dakota, in the final game before the Big Ten season starts), we need to play more confident."
Logic's previous triple-double came Feb. 26, 2012, against Michigan.
"Seventeen rebounds, from a point guard?" Bluder said. "That's amazing."
A freshman from Iowa City West and Miss Iowa Basketball 2013, Ally Disterhoft paced the Hawkeyes with 17 points, and pulled down nine boards. Melissa Dixon added 13, but shot 5-of-19 from the floor.
Ashley Bartow paced the Bulldogs with 16 points. Lizzy Wendell added nine points and 11 boards.
The Hawkeyes will disperse for the next five days, then will practice Dec. 26-27 before facing North Dakota.
Drake hosts Milwaukee on Dec. 29.