Thursday, February 10, 2011

Marist Women Add More Strong Pieces

Here's another look at players signed during fall's early period who will be joining MAAC programs next season.

Up now ... Marist women.

- Natalie Gomez-Martinezm a 5-foot-6 guard from Andover (Mass.) H.S.

Gomez-Martinez has scored 1,035 points and accumulated 358 points in three seasons entering her senior year.

"Natalie is one of the top combo guards in the northeast," said Marist coach Brian Giorgis, in a press release issued by the school. "She was heavily recruited by major and mid-major schools cross the country. She is a player with great breakdown ability and (is) a tremendous scorer who sees the floor well and has tremendous confidence."

- Briana Holmes, a 5-7 guard from Brookhaven H.S., Columbus, Ohio.

Holmes averaged 8.9 points and 3.4 assists as a junior last season.– Guard – 5-7 – Columbus, Ohio/Brookhaven

“Briana is a pass-first point guard with tremendous defensive skills, as well as the ability to break down opposing defenses," said Giorgis. "She comes from Brookhaven High School, one of the best high school programs in the Columbus area, and that won the city championship last year. She is and will be a great leader both on and off the floor and I see her as a steal in the class of 2011."

Marist has another player who will be eligible next season:

- Kristina Danella, a 6-1 swing player who transferred to Marist after two seasons at UMass.

Danella, who is at Marist now and can practice with the Red Foxes, becomes eligible to play next season and has two remaining seasons of eligibility. At UMass, she was an Atlantic 10 Conference all-Rookie Team selection as a player and, then, averaged 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

Danella's presence will help ensure Marist will remain strong in for the foreseeable future.

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