IOWA CITY – Samantha Logic already does everything for Iowa. A few more points shouldn't be a problem.
Logic scored a career-high 28 points in Iowa's 70-56 win over UC Riverside last night in the team's season-opener at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The usual pass-first guard knows she needs to be a more assertive shooter.
"You need to have to have five people who can put the ball in the basket," Logic said. "You have to be able to take your shots in order for the offense to flow well. That's something I've worked on.
"Coach has told me that I need to look to score a little bit more. Not, obviously, forcing anything up, but just taking those shots."
Iowa (1-0) struggled shooting early, but finished the first half on an 18-5 run to take control against UC Riverside (0-1).
After the departure of Morgan Johnson and Jaime Printy, this is clearly Logic's team.
Logic's 28 points came in only 32 minutes. She hit 11-of-20 shots and 5-of-6 free throws. Logic added seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.
The Hawkeyes trailed 21-17 with 7 ½ minutes left in the first half when Logic sparked the big run.
Logic converted a three-point play to start the rally. She followed it up with a bucket on Iowa's next trip down the court.
The guard added another three-point play and a free throw in the final minute to give the Hawkeyes a 35-26 halftime lead.
"Coach told me to keep attacking," Logic said.
Forward Kali Peschel added seven points and 11 rebounds. Iowa City native Ally Disterhoft had seven points and eight rebounds in her Hawkeye debut.
Melissa Dixon and Bethany Doolittle combined to shot only 3-of-21. Dixon missed all 10 of her shots, including seven 3-pointers.
The Hawkeyes shot only 31 percent in the first half – including several attempts at the rim.
"We missed so many shots in the paint," Bluder said. "That's a little bit frustrating because we're getting good shots. We just didn't put those shots down today."
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