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Hoops Honor For Larsen And Demers

April 21, 2021 11:29am

The 2020-21 All-Region Basketball Teams were announced today and Buena Vista University has a pair of individuals recognized.  Sophomore guard Olivia Larsen and senior guard Michael Demers were each named to the All-West Region Second Teams, respectively.  It's the first such honors in the careers for both individuals.

Larsen completed her first season in a Beaver uniform by being named both a First Team All-American Rivers Conference selection as well as the A-R-C Defensive Player of the Year.  She finished the year averaging 19.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 5.4spg and 3.8apg.  She scored in double figures in all nine games played, including four 20+ point games.  She turned in a career-high 34 points as well as a career-high 14 rebounds at Simpson College while playing all 40 minutes.  That point total was the seventh-highest single-game output in all of Division III this season.

Among all of the West regional players, Larsen ranked first in steals per game, fourth in minutes per game, fourth in points per game, 10th in rebounds per contest and 15th in assists per game.  She is one of six players from the A-R-C to be recognized.

Demers led the team and ranked seventh in the region in scoring at 19.5ppg.  His 87 made field goals on the year were second in the A-R-C and also seventh in the region.  He started all 12 of the team's games and averaged 28.5 minutes.  He shot over 52 percent from the field and made a team-high 23 three-point buckets and now sits 10th all-time in program history in career three-point makes.

Demers was one of just two players from the A-R-C to land a spot on either the First or Second Team.

Players were nominated for these awards by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools. Because of the pandemic, some regions had limited numbers of teams which played and were combined for awards purposes. Teams had to play a minimum of five games to make their players eligible.

Players chosen to the All-Region team are eligible for All-America selection. This is the 20th year has named an All-Region team and this year's All-America team will be the 24th annual All-American selections.