Bryn Mawr coach Mimi Walters talks about her team's season-opening win over Friends.
Bryn Mawr's basketball team started slowly in its first game in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference, but bounced back to win.
The Mawrtians routed visiting Friends, 33-15, in Roland Park Friday.
"I was happy about their effort and intensity," said Bryn Mawr coach Mimi Walters, whose team moved down from the B Conference. "I feel they are very scrappy. Everybody is out there hustling and we get a lot of loose balls and caused a lot of turnovers."
That was especially true in the second quarter.
Bryn Mawr forced seven turnovers in the first 6:20 of the period as the Mawrtians used a 10-2 run to take the lead for good.
Senior guard Claire Dunbar capped the stretch with a three-pointer.
The Mawrtians led 17-11 at halftime and things only got better in the third quarter.
Bryn Mawr began the period on a 6-0 spurt in the first 1:36 to boost its margin to 23-11, and the Mawrtians led 29-15 at the end of the third quarter.
"I think our offense will be slower to come along than our defense," Walters said. "But it got better in the second half. I thought we moved the ball better. Even if we are not hitting shots right now, we are moving the ball. And I thought our rebounding was strong. We got a lot of second and third shots."
Friends failed to score in the final quarter, and that seemed to sum up the night to Quakers' coach Ken Zalis.
"We kind of got lost in the middle of the second quarter," said Zalis, whose team beat Key, 44-23, in its opener Tuesday in Annapolis. "They put some pressure on us and we started to turn the ball over. In the second half, quite frankly, we were awful."
Friends had only three players make the scoring column against Bryn Mawr: Hannah Goodenough (8 points), Katie Capizzi (4) and Carli Freeman (3).