Editor's note: Charlie Creme, Graham Hays, Michelle Smith and Mechelle Voepel each vote to determine espnW's national player of the week, which is awarded every Monday of the women's college basketball season.
Iowa entered last week nursing its first two-game losing streak of the season at a time when the premium is on playing your best basketball.
The 17th-ranked Hawkeyes needed a momentum shift. Samantha Logic once again provided it.
The Wisconsin native put up 20 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in the Hawkeyes' tight 78-74 win over Wisconsin on Thursday night. Sunday, in the regular-season finale against a hot Minnesota team, Logic marked Senior Day in fine form, putting up 24 points to go with 13 assists and six rebounds.
The back-to-back stellar efforts earned the Hawkeyes senior point guard espnW national player of the week honors.
Logic, who was 10 of 18 from the floor against the Gophers, will leave Iowa as one of the best players in program history. She has scored more than 1,000 career points and will graduate as the program's all-time assists leader. She is the NCAA career assist leader among active players and the first player in NCAA history to record at least 1,400 career points, 800 rebounds, 800 assists and 200 steals.
Logic arrived at Iowa in 2011 as the most highly touted player in a highly touted recruiting class. Led by its dynamic, hard-nosed point guard, the quartet has become the winningest senior class in the program in the past 21 years, with three NCAA tournament appearances to its credit. Last season, the Hawkeyes matched a school record with 27 wins. At 23-6 (including a 16-0 record at home) so far this season heading into the Big Ten tournament, they might get there again.
Logic talked earlier this week to the local media in Iowa about her legacy in the program.
"People get wrapped up in stats and wins and just all kind of those tangible things, and I'll just remember the intangibles -- how much fun we had playing together and how much passion we had for the game and how much we want to win for each other," Logic said. "It's not how many wins you get or how many assists or how many rebounds or anything like that, just how you played the game, how you played with your team, how you were on and off the court. I think that will be something better to remember."
Also nominated: Maryland's Brionna Jones had 14 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday's win over Northwestern to help the Terps secure an 18-0 record in their first season in the Big Ten. Virginia's Faith Rudolph scored 23 points in the Cavaliers' 75-59 win over No. 8 Louisville.
Previous honorees: Nov. 24: Stanford's Thompson | Dec. 1: Chattanooga's Gilbert | Dec. 8: UConn's Tuck | Dec. 15: Notre Dame's Loyd | Dec. 22: Duke's Williams | Dec. 29: Ohio State's Mitchell | Jan. 5 Minnesota's Zahui B. | Jan. 12: Miami's Motley | Jan. 19: LSU's Ballard | Jan. 26: Oregon State's Weisner | Feb. 2: Oregon's Alleyne | Feb. 9: Florida State's Bulgak | Feb. 16: UConn's Jefferson | Feb. 23: Minnesota's Zahui B.