Norfolk, Va., October 11, 2011 – Howard University junior Saadia Doyle was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) women's basketball Preseason Player of the Year the conference announced on Tuesday. For the second consecutive year, the Hampton Lady Pirates were predicted to win the regular season title as voted on by the conference's head women's basketball coaches and sports information directors.
Doyle, the 2010-11 MEAC Player of the Year and All-MEAC First Team selection, led the MEAC in scoring with 18.4 points and was second in the conference with 8.9 rebounds per game. The forward eclipsed the 1,000 point mark last year and guided her team to the MEAC Tournament championship finale and captured a spot on the all-tournament team. In addition, Doyle become the second player in Howard history to score 1,000 points in only two years of competition.
Howard was picked to finish in second with 557 points with one first-place vote. The Lady Bison, who will open up their season in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT), concluded the 2010-11 campaign with a 9-7 mark in the MEAC and 16-18 overall record.