Gustavus women’s basketball player Molly Geske (Mendota Heights, Minn.) has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team for District 6, 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.
Through 20 games this season, Geske leads the team averaging 13.8 points per game (6th/MIAC), three-point field goals made (29-78) and free throw percentage (.788, 7th/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 10 in five different Gustavus all-time statistical categories. She ranks eighth with 187 steals, sixth in both field goals made (464-1,066, .435) and free throws made (251-292, .860), and is fourth on the all-time list in three-point field goals made (134-344, .390). Perhaps most notably, Geske’s 1,313 career points (13.3 per game) ranks fifth all-time and she would surpass Angie Peterson (2001-04) for fourth with 21 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 mentioned. “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 one of two players from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to be named to the District 6 Team. Alongside Geske is University of St. Thomas’ Sarah Smith, a senior center out of Grand Forks, N.D. with a 3.84 GPA majoring in business and accounting. The other three players on the team include Carol Cayo (Sr., Milwaukee Engineering), Becky Mayo (Jr., Lakeland) and Carissa Verkaik (Jr., Calvin).
All First-Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Geske and the rest of the Gustie women return to MIAC action Saturday at St. Catherine University. The match-up will mark Geske’s 100th game played (98th started) in a Gustie uniform, which will make her the 15th player in Gustavus women’s basketball history to play in 100 games. Gustavus defeated St. Kate’s 75-52 in game one of the series back on Jan. 7 in St. Peter.