For a while on Sunday, Iowa was in a dogfight with a middling Wisconsin team. The Badgers led for a sizable portion of the first half (their biggest lead was 9, at 21-12) before a Sam Logic jumper tied the game at 30-all. Iowa used a 10-4 run at the end of the half to open up a 42-38 halftime lead. But order reasserted itself in the second half as the Hawkeyes used a 19-2 run to open the half to leave the Badgers in the dust and win their 14th consecutive (!) game over Wisconsin.
That 19-2 run was largely The Samantha Logic Show, too -- although not in the usual way. Logic scored 13 of Iowa's 19 points during the run, scoring with every tool in her arsenal: with jump shots, with layups, with three pointers, and with free throws. That run actually didn't feature any assists from Logic, somewhat surprising given her prolific passing (she averages 7.5 assists per game this season, 5th best in the nation, and has 791 assists for her career, tied for fourth-best in Big Ten history). In fact, it was a below-average day for her, assist-wise -- she settled for just four dimes yesterday. But she more than made up for that with a phenomenal shooting day, scoring a career-high 30 points on 12/18 shooting. Logic, a native Wisconsinite, clearly wanted to put on a show in the final game of her career in her home state, and she did just that.
Logic also got quality assistance from Bethany Doolittle (18 points on 7/11 shooting) and Ally Disterhoft (17 points on 7/10 shooting). In fact, everyone for Iowa shot pretty well (as a team the Hawkeyes shot 56.9% from the floor, although just 26.7% from deep), except for Melissa Dixon, who scored just 2 points on 0/4 shooting (she went 2/2 from the line). Dixon was mired in foul trouble for most of the game, but it's a testament to the fact that Iowa has several other players capable of lighting up the scoreboard on any given night. Not many teams could score 87 points in a game where their leading scorer* had just 2 points.
* Dixon is Iowa's leading scorer... by a hair. She's averaging 16.1 ppg and Disterhoft is averaging 16.0 ppg.
With the win, Iowa continued their astounding dominance of Wisconsin (seriously -- 14 straight wins! Iowa last lost to the Badgers almost eight years ago -- on February 11, 2007) and improved to 18-4 overall and 9-2 in the Big Ten. A regular season title still looks like a pipe dream -- they're two games back of Maryland and the Terps hold the head-to-head tiebreaker -- but Iowa is solidly in position to nab their best regular season finish in conference play since 2011-12 (when they tied for 2nd place). Iowa also improved to #14 in the new AP Poll, up from #16 a week ago. (No Bracketology update this week because ESPN hasn't updated their mock bracket since 2/2; that said, Iowa won both games last week, so it's highly unlikely they're any worse than the #3 seed they were tabbed for in that bracket.)
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NEXT: Iowa faces longtime nemesis #22 Nebraska (17-6, 7-5) in Lincoln on Thursday night (8 PM CT, BTN) and hosts Indiana (13-10, 3-9) in Iowa City on Sunday afternoon (5 PM CT, BTN Plus). Earlier this season Iowa recorded their first-ever win over Nebraska since the latter joined the Big Ten; let's hope they can make it two in a row over the Huskers on Thursday.