Iowa junior point guard Samantha Logic doesn’t always take the most shots. She doesn’t always score the most points. But there is no question Logic is the Hawkeyes’ most valuable player.
And the league’s media and coaches agreed with that claim Monday when the Big Ten Conference released its women’s basketball all-conference teams.
Logic was a unanimous first-team selection by the coaches and a first-team pick by the media. She was accompanied by two teammates – junior Bethany Doolittle and freshman Ally Disterhoft.
Doolittle was a second-team selection by both the coaches and media, while Disterhoft was one of five rookies named to the all-freshman team and garnered honorable mention honors as well.
Iowa’s lone senior Theairra Taylor was Iowa’s Sportsmanship Award nomination.
Logic is the 18th Iowa player to garner first-team All-Big Ten honors, marking the most of any Big Ten program. Kachine Alexander was the last Hawkeye to earn first-team honors when she was picked back in 2010 and 2011.
The junior from Racine, Wisconsin, rewrote the record books at Iowa this season. In Logic’s last game, she passed former Hawkeye Cara Consuegra for the all-time career assists mark. With five assists in the win over Illinois, Logic now has 577 career helpers and still has more than a season to add to that number.
Logic is the Big Ten leader in assists and 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) per game. Logic, who has recorded three triple-doubles on the year and four for her career, was a third-team all-Big Ten selection last year and was a unanimous selection to the Big Ten all-freshman team during her rookie season at Iowa. She leads Iowa in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, and minutes played.
“I am happy that everyone else recognizes the impact Sam has on the game, our program, and this conference,” said Iowa coach Lisa Bluder. “For her to be a unanimous selection by the coaches is very telling how the coaches feel about her and her contributions.”
Doolittle, a 6-foot-4 center from Minnesota, was honored by the Big Ten for the first time in her career. She leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage at .557 and blocks per game at 3.3. She has 98 blocks, marking the most in a single season in program history.
Doolittle, who also earned a spot on the All-Big Ten defensive team, ranks ninth nationally in blocked shots and 25th in field goal percentage.
“These are great honors for Beth,” said Bluder. “I am not even sure if Beth knew she was capable of these honors. She had solid campaigns during her first two seasons, but this year she has blossomed. She is one of the best shooters in the conference in terms of field goal percentage, and the leading shot blocker. For her to receive two honors shows her versatility.”
Disterhoft took off when Bluder inserted her into the starting lineup and coincidently so did the Hawkeyes. A freshman from Iowa City, Disterhoft is Iowa’s third leading scorer in conference play at 13.7 points per game and that number also ranks 15th in the Big Ten and fourth among Big Ten freshman.
Since being inserted into the Hawkeye starting lineup 11 games ago, she has reached double-figures 10 times and Iowa is 9-2 during that span. Disterhoft also has led the Hawkeyes in rebounding in 13 games and scored in double-figures in 22 of the team’s 30 games, including 12 of the last 13.
“This is the best class of freshman I have seen in 14 years in the Big Ten,” said Bluder. “That speaks volumes for the future of our conference, and I am glad we have one of the five named to the All-Freshman team. Ally is very deserving. She has done well since moving to the starting lineup. To earn honorable mention All-Big Ten honors while not starting the entire league slate is a special honor.”
Bluder has now coached 18 players to 40 All-Big Ten honors, including 11 first team picks, 11 second, 10 third and eight honorable mention selections. She has also coached two Big Ten Freshman of the Year award winners, two Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year recipients, six members of the Big Ten All-Freshman team and three players named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team.
No. 23 Iowa concluded the regular season at 23-7 overall and 11-5 in Big Ten play. Iowa’s 23 wins equal the highest total under Bluder. The Hawkeyes won 23 games in 2004-05. Iowa has won 20 or more games in six of the last seven seasons (the Hawkeyes won 19 in 2011-12).
“The season has gone by fast because this team enjoys being around each other so much,” said Bluder. “The sky is the limit for this team. I love our balance and leadership. This is a great group.”
The Hawkeyes finished in a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten with Purdue. Iowa will be the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and play Illinois (9-20, 2-14), the No. 12 seed, for a third time this season on Thursday in the second game of the opening day. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.