To the surprise of basically no one, Iowa's star point guard, Samantha Logic, was named to the first team of the All-Big Ten team when the league handed out end-of-season honors yesterday. Logic was a unanimous selection by the Big Ten coaches, but not from the Big Ten media. Boo and hiss. Logic is the 18th Iowa player to earn first-team honors; no team in the Big Ten has had more first-team All-Big Ten players than the Hawkeyes (which is fairly impressive). Iowa's last first-team All-Big Ten player was Kachine Alexander, who earned first-team honors in 2010 and 2011.
If you need to know a bit more about just how awesome Logic is... well, I'll let Hawkeye Sports fill in the details:
Logic (5-foot-9), the Big Ten leader in assists, is the only player in the nation to average 13 or more points (14.1), six or more rebounds (6.6), and seven or more assists (7.5). She leads the Big Ten in league play in assists (8.0) and steals (3.0). Logic has been named Big Ten Player of the Week three times this season, while also being named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll four other times. A third-team All-Big Ten selection last season, Logic has been named 1-of-22 finalists for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award (nation's top point guard). She was a unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Freshmen Team during her rookie campaign.
Logic, who ranks third nationally in assists, has notched three triple-doubles this season, becoming the first Big Ten player to record three triple-doubles in a single season. Logic is second nationally in triple-doubles; Alyssa Thomas of Maryland has four this season. Entering the 2013-14 campaign, there had only been 11 seasons in NCAA history in which a player registered three or more triple-doubles. Logic has four career triple-doubles, the second most in Big Ten history, and the most while competing in the Big Ten (Suzie McConnell of Penn State registered seven from 1985-88).
Oh, and this: "[Logic] leads Iowa in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, and minutes played." She is our everything.
While we'd hoped that Logic might also earn B1G Player of the Year honors for her all-around brilliance, the coaches and media opted to go with Nebraska's Jordan Hooper instead, who had a fine season herself. Hooper was third in the league in scoring (20.1 ppg) and third in rebounding (9.3 rpg); those numbers are pretty difficult to argue with. Only two other players finished in the top ten in both categories -- Northwestern's Nia Coffey (15.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and Minnesota's Amanda Zahui B. (15.1 ppg, 11.3 rpg). Again, Logic's all-around greatness was unmatched -- no one else finished in the top 15 in the league in points, rebounds, assists, and steals -- but Hooper was very good in some of the flashiest categories. So it goes.
Also earning All-Big Ten honors for Iowa were Bethany Doolittle (second team, All-Defensive Team) and Ally Distherhoft (All-Freshman Team). Incidentally, the aforementioned Ms. Zahui B. is why Disterhoft's Freshman of the Year campaign was basically DOA this year: as a freshman, Zahui B. averaged 15.1 ppg, 11.3 rpg, and 2.9 bpg. AS A FRESHMAN. Yeah, she's gonna run things in this league for a while...
Kudos to Logic, Doolittle, and Disterhoft for strong seasons all around.