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Pair of Urbana University athletes honored

The Great Midwest Athletic Conference has announced its 2012-13 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Danny Goins of Urbana University has been voted the inaugural winner of this honor.

Goins, of Cincinnati and Winton Woods HS, was a junior/senior member of the Men’s Basketball. He entered the year as a junior, but graduated Cum Laude after taking 43 credit hours in 2012-13 to earn his undergraduate degree in just three years at Urbana. He earned a perfect 4.0 in those final 43 credit hours and raised his overall grade point average to 3.64 in Business Administration.
Following graduation Goins will pursue his MBA at Urbana next year. With a year of eligibility remaining on the court, Goins will suit up for the Blue Knight men’s basketball team next season while pursuing his graduate degree. This past season, Goins averaged 15.0 points per game, earning a Second Team All-Conference selection. In a 111-97 loss at home to West Virginia State University on February 6th, Goins exploded for a career-high 45 points on 14 of 21 shooting. The 45-point game is the second best single player performance in school history and it was, at the time, the second most points scored by an NCAA D-II player during the 2012-13 season.

In addition to his work on the court and in the classroom, Goins also served two years as President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Urbana, while volunteering and organizing multiple events at his church and within the campus community.

The Great Midwest Athletic Conference also recently announced its 2012-13 Female Athlete of the Year. Ciara Geiger of Urbana University has been voted the inaugural winners of this honor.

Geiger of the Urbana University Women’s Basketball team was named the 2012-13 G-MAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. The sophomore guard also earned G-MAC All-Conference First Team honors after being named G-MAC Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week five times.

Geiger was named to the NCAA Division II Daktronics All-Midwest Region Team, becoming the first ever Urbana women’s basketball athlete to earn the honor. She was named Urbana’s Female Blue Knight of the Year Award and Team MVP. She led Urbana to G-MAC Women’s Basketball Championship after scoring 20 points in championship game to lead all scorers.

Geiger led the G-MAC in scoring with 18.4 points per game, which also ranked 23rd in nation (NCAA DII). She also ranked atop the conference with 79 three-pointers, shooting 42% from beyond the arc. She ranked ninth in NCAA DII in three-point shooting.

The Ft. Wayne native, Carroll High School graduate, scored 20-plus points in 12 games and ranks 12th on Urbana’s all-time scoring list, despite only playing two seasons (sophomore). She was a team co-captain, a member of the Athletic Directors Honor Roll, and a G-MAC Academic All-Conference selection.

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