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Hawkeye women think big

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Samantha Logic (22) answers questions during the team’s annual media day Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. (Brian Ray/hawkeyesports.com)

The Iowa Hawkeye women won 27 games last year, which tied for the second-most in school history.
The Hawks finished second in the Big Ten Tournament and return four starters, including all-world point guard Samantha Logic.
Iowa led the Big Ten in scoring and assists, plus the Hawks set a school record for scoring offense in 2013-2014, averaging 78.2 points per game.
The Hawkeyes are ranked 19th in the preseason AP top-25 poll.
So when I say there was excitement and optimism at media day last Thursday, you can see why.
To keep the Hawkeyes grounded you only have to look to Samantha Logic, who head coach Lisa Bluder says is one of the best leaders she’s ever had.
“You don’t want to look at a lot of the outside hype, or how other people are viewing you,” said Samantha. “You try to look at it in the moment and try to get better day-to-day. There’s not much you can control except today. You try not to look at the big picture because you have to get there first.”
Bethany Doolittle (6-4) returns at center, Ally Disterhoft (6-0) is back at forward and Melissa Dixon (5-8) at guard.
All scored in double figures and Bethany was named second team All-Big Ten.
Ally was on the Big Ten’s All Freshman team and scored 474 points, the second most in school history.
All Melissa Dixon did last year was to make 97 3-pointers, the most ever at Iowa.
It will be interesting who gets the fifth starting spot.
Lisa Bluder could go with either sophomore Alexa Kastanek, a 5-10 guard, or junior Kali Peschel, a (6-1) forward.
Alexa is more of a two guard, although she had to play point last year, while Kali started the first 19 games last year.
Senior Kathryn Reynolds (5-7), juniors Clair Till (6-0) and Nicole Smith (6-4) and sophomore Hailey Schneden add experience and depth.
The four freshman should make an impact, including cat-quick guard Whitney Jennings (5-5).
Whitney was Gatorade Player of the Year last year at Indiana.
I saw her play in Game Time this summer and she can really get up and down the court.
Chase Coley (6-3) and Carly Mohns (6-1) also played in the summer league.
Both run the court well, rebound and should provide a spark off the bench.
Christina Buttenham (6-0) played on the Canadian National Junior Women’s team this summer and they won a silver medal, so she’s a little behind.
Iowa opens its season Sunday, Nov. 9, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena... it should be a fun ride.