We'll start catching up on off-season happenings around the conference in coming days and weeks, but this one is particularly eye-catching ...
The Marist women's program, which has dominated the MAAC for the past eight seasons, added another big-time piece for its future when Kristina Danella, a 6-foot-1 forward who played the past two seasons at UMass, transferred to the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., school.
Danella recently completed the transfer process to begin attending Marist in the 2010-11 academic year. Because of transfer rules, she will have to sit out the upcoming season and, then, will have two years of eligibility beginning with the 2011-12 season.
Marist is likely to be the league's top team again this coming season, and Danella is likely to enable the Red Foxes to continue to contend for championships after that.
She averaged 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest playing at UMass this past season, and was a four-time Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week as a freshman there.
In addition to being a strong rebounder, she can also go out to the perimeter where she made 39 percent of her 3-point attempts this past season.