Junior Guard Meghan Saake Named BIG EAST Defensive Player Of The Year

March 1, 2002

Coral Gables, Fla. (www.hurricanesports.com) – University of Miami women’s basketball junior guard Meghan Saake (Wellington, Fla.) was named 2001-02 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches.

Saake, also earning Honorable Mention honors, is the first Hurricane player to win the defensive award. Saake leads the BIG EAST in steals with 63 and ranks seventh among Division I players with 110 steals.

Saake averaged 4.0 steals on the season and broke the school single season record for most steals (110) in the win over Boston College. Saake ranks fifth on UM’s all-time career list with 233 steals in her three-year career.

As the team captain, Saake has started every game of her career, including 27 starts this season. She leads the team in minutes (35.8) and assists (112), and is second in scoring (10.8), 3-pointers made (25) and rebounds (5.0).

Additionally, sophomore forward Chanivia Broussard (Miami, Fla.) was named All-BIG EAST Second-Team.

Broussard averages a team-high 14.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. She is also averaging 1.2 blocks per game and is ranked fifth on Miami’s all-time career list with 62 blocked shots in her two-year career.