Sept. 19, 2013
PITTSBURGH - Pitt basketball's Alex Gensler was inducted to the Upper St. Clair High School Hall of Fame last Friday. A graduate student manager for the Panthers, Gensler graduated from Upper St. Clair and later Duquesne among the schools' leading scorers.
Gensler was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the 14th Annual USC High School Halls of Fame on Sept. 13. The purpose of the Halls of Fame is to identify and honor those who have distinguished themselves in academics, the arts or athletics at the high school, collegiate or professional levels and who have contributed to the prestige of Upper St. Clair High School.
Gensler graduated from Upper St. Clair ranked third all-time at the school in scoring with 1,305 points. A native of Pittsburgh, she also led the squad to the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Championship title in 2008 as a senior. That same season, Gensler was named the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Player of the Year while also earning nods to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fab 5 for the second time and the AP All-State Class AAAA Second Team.
Gensler's high school accolades also included selections to the WPIAL Class AAAA All-Selection 4 squad PIAA Big School All-State Third Team and Pittsburgh Tribune Review AAAA All-Star team as an underclassman.
Gensler went on to play at Duquesne under now-Pitt head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. Just as she had in high school, Gensler finished her collegiate career with a number of scoring marks. She graduated in 2012 as the all-time leader in three-point field goals and ranked fourth in scoring with 1,445 points.
As a senior, Gensler was named to the 2012 Atlantic 10 Second Team All-Conference and All-Academic Team. She then went on to sign a professional contract with ZTE NKK of the Hungarian A League.
Having made four postseason appearances, Gensler's senior class became the Dukes' winningest senior class in program history, posting 84 victories.
Gensler joined Pitt basketball this summer as a graduate student manager. A marketing and sports marketing major at Duquesne, she is now pursing her graduate degree in business administration at Pitt.