2010-2011 record: 9-11
Returning starters: Junior small forward Maddie Crowell (5 feet, 10 inches), junior point guard Kate Snouffer (5-8), sophomore forward Katie Groenke (5-11).
Breakdown: The Mawrtians have more firepower on the perimeter this year with Crowell, Snouffer and senior Nancy Dunbar (5-6), who missed last season with an injury, back in the fold.
Inside, they will rely on Groenke, fellow sophomores Zoe Zowisa (5-11), Alexa Phillipou (5-9) and Georgia Carroll (5-10), junior Becca Aronson (6-0) and seniors Casey Brumback (5-10) and Caitlin Maloney (5-10) for strong rebounding on both ends of the floor.
"We have a lot of weapons," said Bryn Mawr coach Mimi Walters, when asked if Crowell would be the go-to shooter in the Mawrtians' half-court set this season. "On any given day, it could be somebody else."
Regardless of who ends up taking the shots, Walters wants the Mawrtians to get into attack mode early — and stay there.
"I'm really happy with our focus and how aggressive and assertive we were," she added after a recent 63-26 rout of Indian Creek. "There was no hesitation, and didn't get down on themselves when they missed a shot."
Other contributors include seniors Natalie Hamilton (5-8) and Charisma Johnson (5-4) and junior Jordan Bayer (5-4).
"We have a lot of balance, and can hurt you inside and outside," Walters said.
2011 record: 16-5
Returning starters: senior point guard Courtney Jantzen (5-7) and senior forward Kathy Albornoz (5-10)
Breakdown: New coach Jess Szymanski will have a difficult act following Rich Welsh.
Welsh went 121-71 in nine seasons.
And duplicating last year's success could be challenging for Szymanski, a varsity assistant last year.
She inherits a club with five returning varsity players and one loaded with questions.
"It's more of a rebuilding year," Szymanski said. "That's for sure. We lost a lot of players, and not that many have experience. But we have the potential to be decent and the girls don't realize that yet. Once we get a few wins under our belt, our confidence will rise."
Szymanski hopes Jantzen, senior Katie Russo (5-5) and junior Sara Dorl (5-7) can stabilize the backcourt that lost steady point guard Erin Eller to graduation.
Jantzen could lead the Lions in scoring.