Bobcats of the week of Feb. 1, 2010

Mark Brust '13
Bates men's basketball team rookie guard Mark Brust(Duxbury, Mass.) became a regular in the Bobcats' starting lineup seven games ago, on Jan. 16 at Williams, and he seems to improve with every game, growing into a steadying presence on the floor for the Bobcats.Last week Brust played a key role in Bates' best week of the season, as the Bobcats went 3-0 on the road against UMaine-Farmington, Connecticut College and Wesleyan, the latter two being NESCAC wins that thrust the Bobcats into a strong position to qualify for the postseason NESCAC Championship tournament.

On the week, Brust averaged 8.7 points and 2.0 steals while shooting 11-for-18 (.611) from the field. Perhaps most importantly, Brust played more minutes (93) than any other Bobcat and turned the ball over a mere two times.

Brust submitted his best performance of the year in Saturday's 74-69 win at Wesleyan, shooting 8-for-10 from the floor for a team-high 18 points to go with four assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 36 minutes of action.

Hannah Laverty '10
Throughout her collegiate squash career, Bates senior Hannah Lavertyhas occupied one of the top three spots in the Bobcats' starting lineup, including two seasons as the team's No. 1 player.In her final weekend of home matches played at the Bates Squash Center, Laverty (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) played some of her finest squash, going 3-0 against opponents from Columbia, Mount Holyoke and Brown. Her opponents from the latter two opponents were both ranked higher than Laverty in the College Squash Association's individual player rankings, yet she posted a 3-0 (11-4, 13-11, 11-9) win over the Lyons' Laura Robinson on Saturday in a 6-3 win over the Lyons, then notched a 3-2 (11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 11-13, 12-10) win over Brown's Sarah Crosky. The win over Mount Holyoke, which was ranked one spot ahead of Bates prior to the match, allowed Bates to move up to No. 11 in the CSA team rankings.

Bates (15-6) will head into the NESCAC Women's Squash Championships this weekend at Trinity College as the No. 3 seed. Bates will play the winner between 11th seed Connecticut College and sixth seed Hamilton on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity in the conference quarterfinals. The winner of that match will go on to the semifinal round, likely against No. 2 seed Williams, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The loser of Bates' first match will play at that same time.