Georgia Schweitzer Beasley, MD
Birthdate: January 31, 1979
Birthplace: Gahanna, Ohio
High School: Bishop Hartley, Columbus (1997)
College: Duke University (2001)
When Georgia Schweitzer arrived at Duke University, the school’s women’s basketball program had not yet made a big splash on the national stage.
Schweitzer played a huge role in changing that. In her sophomore year, Duke went 15-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. In the Elite Eight, Duke faced powerhouse Tennessee, and the 6-foot Schweitzer went head-to-head with Tennessee All-American Chamique Holdsclaw.
Schweitzer scored 22 points as Duke upset the defending NCAA champions to reach the Final Four and enhance its roundball reputation even though the Blue Devils lost to Purdue in the title game.
Schweitzer went on to become Duke’s second female Kodak All-American. She was Duke’s first two-time ACC Player of the Year, in both 2000 and 2001. She was the first Duke player to produce 1,500 points, 500 rebounds,400 assists and 150 steals.
In the summers of 2001-03 she played 70 games for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. After the seasons she returned to Durham to help coach her alma mater.
She entered Duke’s medical school in 2004, received her degree in 2008 and began doing cancer research in conjunction with a masters program.