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

16 points.

”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.”