Iowa 60, St. John’s 52
Samantha Logic gave Iowa a glimpse of a bright future despite a
tough early season loss.
The Hawkeyes lost to No. 5 Texas A&M 74-58 on Saturday, but
their 5-foot-9 freshman guard had 16 points and nine rebounds,
including five offensive boards in the Lucaya Division championship
game at the Junkanoo Jam.
Sydney Carter led A&M with 21 points, including 17 in the
first half. Adaora Elonu added 13 points for the defending national
champs and Kelsey Bone scored 12 points, 10 in the second half.
”I thought Sam Logic competed out there. She looked like she
belonged,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. ”She wanted it, and I
like that mentality out of a freshman. She just hustles. She never
stops. You love a kid who’s diving for loose balls and trying to
create situations and not backing down as a freshman.
”She’s going against a couple all-Americans, Carter and Bone,
and she’s in there battling away.”
Logic hit 7 of 15 from the field and 2 of 2 free throws for her
”I just think that I try to bring intensity to the court,
whether it’s offensive rebounding, or defense,” Logic said. ”At
any point, I just try to bring it and take advantage of whatever
the other team gives me.”
Iowa (4-2) hosts Virginia Tech on Wednesday, and the Aggies
enter a challenging stretch with a game against No. 15 Purdue on
Dec. 4, followed by a visit to No. 2 Connecticut on Dec. 6.
Carter hit 6 of 16 shots and 9 of 10 free throws, adding four
steals and four assists to earn MVP honors.
Texas A&M forced 25 turnovers, while only turning the ball
over 13 times.
”I thought the first five minutes of the game, we handled their
pressure pretty good,” Bluder said. ”I think we lost the game in
the first four minutes of the second half. You just can’t let them
get on rolls and get those easy buckets like they did.”
Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said that pressure defense has
been a critical weapon for the Aggies.
”When we play teams who have never played us, or are not in our
league, the press seems to bother them more, because not a lot of
teams want to be pressed,” Blair said. ”Usually the best way to
beat a pressing team is to press us back. Nobody does it.
Connecticut will. What a road trip that’s going to be.”
Carter’s 17-point first-half effort enabled Texas A&M to
take a 36-27 lead into the break. The 5-foot-6 senior used her
quickness to slice through the Hawkeyes’ defense, either cashing in
on transition drives or picking up points at the stripe, where she
was 7 of 8 in the first 20 minutes.
”I was just attacking the basket,” Carter said. ”I noticed
that they were kind of closing out and they were already playing me
for the shot. I was just making sure I was doing a good job of
attacking the basket. If they took that away, then I was going to
dish to my teammates.”
Led by Carter, Texas A&M turned up the defensive heat to
open the second half and hit the Hawkeyes with a 10-2 run to forge
a 48-32 lead with 15:26 left in the game. The Aggies were up 55-34
with 13:30 left in the game after Elonu hit a driving layup as she
was fouled and converted the 3-point play.
Up to that point, the Hawkeyes were 3 of 8 with seven turnovers
in their first 15 possessions of the second half, getting outscored
19-7 during that stretch.
”That’s a part of me maturing and being the veteran that I
am,” Carter said of taking the focus off of her scoring and
setting up her teammates. ”It’s important to get my teammates
involved. Me having a good first half really opened it up for my
teammates in the second half. I’m not a selfish player at all.
Getting my teammates involved is really what we need. We have a
balanced team and everybody can score.”
Blair said that the Aggies feed off Carter’s intensity.
”I asked my team, what happens when Carter goes?” he said.
”Who is ready to take on that burden. She makes the rest of us,
because Tyra (White) was really nonexistent in the whole
tournament, and she’s pre-season All-American, Wooden Award
nominee, but all of the sudden, it’s Carter.
”Carter is not waiting for things to happen, she’s making
things happen, against the zone or the man, the smallest kid on the
court is going to throw her body in there. She also has to guard
the other team’s best player.”