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WBB: Dixon, Logic, Reynolds Named Iowa Captains
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Seniors Melissa Dixon, Samantha Logic, and Kathryn Reynolds have been named team captains for the 2014-15 season, UI head coach Lisa Bluder announced Thursday.
“Sam, Kathryn, and Melissa have exhibited excellent leadership skills,” said Bluder. “They are all experienced, unbelievable competitors, and passionate about making our team and season a success.”
Dixon started all 36 games in 2013-14. The Johnsburg, Illinois, native converted a career-best 97 3-pointers, the highest single-season total in program history. Dixon ranked third in the Big Ten in 3-pointers per game (2.7) and 21st in scoring (13.1). At the Cancun Challenge, Dixon averaged 22.3 points and five 3-pointers per contest, adding six rebounds and eight assists. She posted at least 17 points in each of Iowa’s three victories en route to Mayan Division MVP honors. Dixon finished with seven 3-point field goals in wins over Syracuse and UNC-Wilmington, tying a personal and school record; the feat has been accomplished five times in program history (twice by Dixon). The 2013 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year has played in 94 career games with 47 starts.
Logic earned honorable mention All-America honors from the Associated Press and the WBCA as a junior last year. The Racine, Wisconsin, native was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches, and a first team selection by the media, becoming the 18th Iowa player to garner first-team All-Big Ten honors, marking the most of any Big Ten program.
Logic (5-foot-9) -- the 2014 Big Ten leader in assists -- was the only player in the nation to average 13 or more points (13.3), six or more rebounds (6.6), and seven or more assists (7.5). She led the Big Ten in league play in assists (8.0) and steals (3.0). Logic was named Big Ten Player of the Week three times, while also being named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll four additional times. Logic was named 1-of-22 watch list finalists for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award (nation's top point guard).
Logic, who ranked third nationally in assists last season, notched three triple-doubles, becoming the first Big Ten player to record three triple-doubles in a single season. Logic ranked second nationally in triple-doubles; Alyssa Thomas of Maryland had four. 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).
The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree tallied a program-record 269 assists last season, marking the fourth-best single-season total in Big Ten history. She has a school-record 622 career assists, which ranks ninth in league history. Logic will enter her senior season as the NCAA’s active career assists leader.
Reynolds played in 20 games a year ago after missing the entire 2012-13 season due to injury. The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was nominated for the 2014 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Allstate Good Works Team. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native was also named a B1G Distinguished Scholar (GPA of 3.7 or higher).
Iowa will return 10 letterwinners from a team that went 27-9 in 2014 and made its Big Ten-best seventh-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Hawkeyes open the regular season on Nov. 14, hosting USC Upstate at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.