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Hamline’s Geistfeld chosen to USA basketball team

Reilly Geistfeld

ST. PAUL — Hamline University forward Reilly Geistfeld has been selected to play for the Division 3 Team USA women’s basketball squad this summer in Brazil.

Geistfeld will be one of two Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference players on the elite amateur lineup.

The former Martin County West High School athletic standout joins Bethel University senior-to-be forward Taite Anderson in making the trek to Orlando, Fla., on July 8.

Geistfeld, Anderson and their USA teammates travel to Sao Paolo, Brazil, on July 9 before squaring off against a pair of U22 hoopsters on July 10-11.

Team USA then travels to Rio de Janeiro for games against Queimados and Fluminese before returning to the Twin Cities.

The 5-foot-10 senior-to-be forward is only the third Hamline player to be selected to a D-3 roster. Zack Smith and Isaac Brooks were named to the men’s basketball team during the previous two summers.

Geistfeld finished second in the MIAC in free throws made (105), netted third-place honors in scoring (16.5 points per game), and notched the fifth-best average in rebounds (8.5 rpg) to merit all-league accolades last season.

The St. James native netted 305 points during the 2018-19 basketball campaign — the most of any player in the conference. Geistfeld needs only 91 points in the upcoming hoops season to reach 1,000 for her collegiate career.

Reilly, a psychology major at the St. Paul-based university, is the daughter of Jonathan and Jodi Geistfeld.

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