Gustavus women’s basketball player Molly Geske (Mendota Heights, Minn.) has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Basketball Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Geske, a senior guard/forward, is a public accounting major with a 3.96 GPA.
With the regular season complete and MIAC playoffs beginning for the Gusties on Thursday, Feb. 23, Geske leads the team averaging 14.0 points per game (6th/MIAC), three-point field goals made (32-91) and free throw percentage (.809, 2nd/MIAC) among players averaging at least 2.0 made per game.
In her four seasons wearing the black and gold, the Mendota Heights, Minn. native has put together an incredible career. Geske ranks in the top seven in six different Gustavus all-time statistical categories. She ranks seventh with 194 steals, sixth in both field goals made (493-1120, .440) and games played (104), fourth in free throws made (265-308, .860), and is third on the all-time list in three-point field goals made (137-357, .384). Perhaps most notably, Geske’s 1,388 career points (13.3 per game) ranks fourth all-time and she would surpass Linn Erickson (1983-87) for third with 12 more points.
Molly, the daughter of Jim and Kathy Geske of Mendota Heights, garnered MIAC All-First Year Team honors in 2009, has been selected to the MIAC All-Conference Team since her sophomore year, was named captain her junior season and achieved Academic All-Conference after last year’s campaign.
“There’s no doubt Molly’s had a great career here at Gustavus as an athlete and we knew all along that she was going to be successful here academically as well,” head coach Mickey Haller said after Geske’s Academic All-District recognition. “She gives everything to her studies and to her team. She spends many hours in the gym and the library so we couldn’t be happier for her to get the recognition.”
Coupling with her success on the hardwood is Molly’s service to the community. During her first year, Geske participated in Building Bridges and was a volunteer at North Intermediate School in St. Peter during the 2010 academic year.
Geske is the lone player from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to be named to the All-America Team. Alongside Geske on the Second Team is Alexandra Chili (Sr., Rhodes), Kate Dellinger (Jr.,Widener), Lizzy Sunderhaus (Sr., Cedar Crest) and April Young (Sr., Ozarks). Carol Cayo of Milwaukee Engineering was named the Capital One Women’s Basketball Academic All-America Team Member of the Year.
Geske and the rest of the Gustie women begin MIAC Playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 23. As the No. 2 seed, the Gusties will host the highest remaining seed out of the first round games Tuesday for a semifinal match-up on Gus Young Court two days later.