Brown and Doyle Highlight List of MEAC Honorees
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. -- Following a 10-5 league season and a four-game win streak, two Howard basketball players were awarded major postseason honors by the conference Thursday afternoon. Lady Bison junior Zykia Brown (Riverdale, Md./Parkdale H.S.) was named to the All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) First Team while freshman teammate Saadia Doyle (Atlanta, Ga./Columbia H.S.) was named the 2009-10 MEAC Rookie of the Year. Doyle also garnered All-MEAC Second Seam honors and earned a spot on the All-MEAC Rookie Team.
Brown led HU (15-12 overall, 10-5 MEAC) to its first winning conference season in several years with consistent play. She is second in the league and 21st in the nation with 18.8 points per game. The junior is top-10 in the conference in 3-pt. field goals made, free-throw percentage and steals per game and recorded 20-plus scoring games nine times this season. Brown was named MEAC Player of the Week on Dec. 14 and recorded her 1,000th point in a win over Norfolk State on Jan. 18.
Doyle has current averages of 17 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. The rookie led the conference in rebounding and is ranked among the top ten in eight different categories. She is ranked fifth in the NCAA with 18 double-doubles and 15th nationally in rebounding. Doyle was named MEAC Rookie of the Week eight times this season and pulled down a conference-high 22 rebounds in a win over Coppin State on Jan. 11.
Brown, Doyle and the rest of the Lady Bison wrap up their regular season at Hampton on Thursday before heading to the MEAC Tournament on March 8-13. Hampton, Morgan State and/or Howard could finish the season as the conference's runners-up or with a share for the title based on the outcome of tonight's games.