Sitting in a three-hour organizational leadership class Monday afternoon, Kim Demmings felt her phone vibrate and couldn’t resist the urge to take a peek.
What she saw was a Twitter notification from Wright State athletic director Bob Grant congratulating her on becoming the first player in program history to be named Horizon League Player of the Year.
“That’s how I found out,” the junior guard said. “I’m happy. I’m very grateful. But I have to give a shout-out to my teammates because without them I wouldn’t have any of this success.”
Demmings averaged a league-best 22.4 points per game to lead WSU to a second-place finish. She ranked third in the league in steals (2.1), 3-pointers per game (2.6) , and was in the top 15 in rebounds (6.4), assists (2.7), free throw percentage (72.1), 3-pointers per game (2.6), 3-point percentage (34.5), offensive rebounds (2.4)
She is joined on the All-Horizon League first team by senior guard Ivory James, who ranked fifth in the league in scoring (17.7) and fourth in steals (1.9) to go along with top-15 finishes in 3-point percentage (36.5), 3’s per game (1.8), free throw percentage (74.3) and defensive rebounds (4.6).
Also honored was junior guard Tay’ler Mingo, who was voted to the All-Defensive Team. The Florida State transfer ranked second in steals (2.4) and was a big reason why WSU ranked first in Division I in turnover margin (plus-9.6). She also averaged 14.0 points per game.
“It’s good for them to get recognized,” WSU coach Mike Bradbury said. “They’ve had good seasons to date, and we need that to continue.”
The Raiders (23-8) open Horizon League tournament play Wednesday night at home against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The other All-Horizon League first team members are Illinois-Chicago sophomore forward Ruvanna Campbell, Youngstown State junior forward Heidi Schlegel and Cleveland State junior forward Imani Gordon.
Second-team selections were Milwaukee senior guard Angela Rodriguez, UIC senior guard Rachel Story, Detroit senior guard Senee Shearer, Wisconsin-Green Bay sophomore guard Kaili Lukan and Oakland senior Bethany Watterworth.
The other All-Defensive Team picks were UIC sophomore guard Terri Bender, Oakland senior forward Kim Bee, Campbell and Lukan.