Bobcats of the week of Jan. 5, 2009

Sean Wirth '10
Sean Wirthmoved into the starting lineup for the Bates men's basketball team on Dec. 6 at Bowdoin, scoring 7 points to go with 8 rebounds. Since then, the 6-foot-7 forward/center from Barrington, R.I., has been the Bobcats' primary force under the boards, averaging 9.0 points and 8.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game while shooting an impressive 60 percent from the field.Wirth earned the first accolades of his Bates career last weekend as he played a key role in the Bobcats claiming the title at the Springfield College Naismith Classic.  Wirth's 19 points, 15 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and .545 field goal percentage in a mere 32 minutes of floor time led to a nod on the all-tournament team, along with tournament MVP and teammate Chris Wilson (Brewer, Maine).

On the season, Wirth, who is also a standout tight end on the football team, leads the 6-4 Bobcats in rebounding (6.3 rpg), field goal percentage (.600) and blocked shots (9), while contributing 6.9 points per game.

Lauren Yanofsky '10
Lauren Yanofskysubmitted her finest game of her Bates career in Saturday's win over Norwich University in the Williams Winter Classic, chalking up season-high totals of 18 points and 12 rebounds for her second career double-double. She followed that with a 14-point, 8-rebound, 4-steal effort in the tournament championship game against Williams.In Bates' past six games, the 6-foot-0 Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) has served as an excellent complement to all-conference senior forwardVal Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) -- in that span she has scored in double figures five times, averaging 13.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.3 blocked shots while shooting .530 from the floor.

As Bates enters the heaviest part of its schedule, with 8 games in the next two weeks, the Bobcats will look for continued inspired play from Yanofsky.