Demmings Player of the Year, Two Other Raiders Honored
INDIANAPOLIS — Wright State senior guard Kim Demmings was named as the Player of the Year and two other Raiders received honors as the Horizon League announced its women’s basketball postseason awards on Tuesday.
Guard Emily Vogelpohl was chosen to the All-Freshman Team while junior center Richelle van der Keijl was selected to the All-Defensive Team.
Demmings (Richmond, Indiana) leads the league in scoring at 20.1 points per game and is fourth in threes made per game at 2.5, 10th in steals per game at 1.5 and 15th in rebounds per game at 5.9. She scored in double figures in 28 of 31 games this season, with her 35 at UIC on February 6 ranking as the top scoring performance in the league for the season. Demmings tallied 20 or more points 17 times and 30 or more on three occasions.
The Horizon League Player of the Week on November 22, November 29 and January 18, Demmings was chosen as the High-Major Player of the Week by College Sports Madness on November 22 and February 8.
Named to the Naismith Watch List earlier this season, Demmings is the all-time scorer in Horizon League women’s basketball and WSU history (men’s or women’s) with 2,599 points. Those 2,599 points are second among active Division I players, only trailing Big Ten Player of the Year Rachel Banham of Minnesota, and are good for 44th on the all-time Division I list. She has reached double figures in scoring 118 times during her career, out of a possible 130 games, with 63 of those coming in league play.
This is the third consecutive year that a Wright State player has been selected as the Player of the Year as Tay’ler Mingo received the honor last season while Demmings was chosen in 2014. Demmings was also the league tournament MVP in 2014, the league Newcomer of the Year in 2012, First Team All-League in 2012 and 2014 and Second Team All-League in 2013.
Along with the scoring record, Demmings is WSU’s all-time leader in field goals made and attempted, three-pointers made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, assists and minutes played.
Vogelpohl (Cincinnati McAuley) tied for 18th in the league in scoring at 11.8 points per game and was fourth in steals per game at 2.3, fifth in assists per game at 3.3, 10 in assist/turnover ratio at 1.3 and 12th in field goal percentage at .446.
The Horizon League Freshman of the Week on November 30, December 14, January 4 and February 22, Vogelpohl scored in double figures in 18 games, with her season being 21 against Detroit on February 20. She also had 20 at Eastern Kentucky and at home versus UIC and Valparaiso.
Van der Keijl (Delft, The Netherlands) led the league with 68 blocked shots and was sixth in rebounds at 8.7 per game. She reached double figures in rebounds 11 times, including 15 at Kent State on November 17 and against Detroit on February 20, and recorded three or more blocks 14 times, six at Youngstown State on January 28 and five in a win over no. 24/23 George Washington at the Lone Star Showcase on November 28.
With van der Keijl’s selection, Wright State has had a representative on the All-Defensive Team each of the past three seasons, with Mingo being selected in 2014 and 2015.
Wright State (22-9, 12-6 Horizon) opens Horizon League Tournament play on Thursday, March 10, as the no. 3 seed Raiders face no. 10 seed Illinois-Chicago in first round action starting at 6 p.m. (Eastern) at the Kress Events Center in Green Bay. The final is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Cloern named HL Athlete of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS — Junior Elaine Cloern of the Wright State women’s tennis team has been selected as the Horizon League Athlete of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday.
Cloern (Upper Arlington) posted a total of four wins last Saturday as the Raiders recorded two victories at the South Regency Tennis Center. In a 5-2 decision over Bradley, Cloern won 6-0, 6-1 in third singles and teamed with Megan Brdicka to win 7-6 in third doubles.
WSU then defeated West Virginia State 7-0 later in the day as Cloern won again in third singles 6-2, 6-3 and 6-0 in third doubles with Brdicka.
On the season, Cloern has 11 singles wins and 23 in doubles.
Wright State (9-2) hits the road for two contests on Saturday, traveling to Austin Peay for an 11 a.m. (Eastern) match followed by Murray State at 5:30 p.m.