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Bobcats of the week of Feb. 27, 2006

Zak Ray '07
Bates men's basketball team point guard Zak Ray proved he can be virtually unstoppable against Amherst College in the NESCAC men's basketball semifinals on Saturday, scoring 26 of his career-high 30 points in the second half of Bates' 86-66 loss.Ray's previous career high was 24 points scored against Bowdoin in December. The junior from Bangor, Maine, also grabbed six rebounds and made five steals.

A second-team All-NESCAC player last season, Ray served as a co-captain of the most successful team in Bates men's basketball history. The Bobcats won a school record 20 games against only six losses. He led the conference in 2005-06 in steals at per game (2.50), was fourth in assists (5.38 apg), 12th in free-throw percentage (.750) and was 19th in scoring (12.4 ppg).

Eliza Roberts '06
Playing at the No. 4 position for the Bates women's squash team in its final match of the season, Bates senior Eliza Roberts didn't seem to have good odds going against Mairin Barnes, the former No. 1 player at Cornell, a team that defeated Bates 7-2 earlier this season.But she pulled off a 9-7 5-9 9-5 9-3 victory, setting the tone for Bates' 6-3 win over Cornell, which gave the Bobcats the No. 9 final ranking in the College Squash Association for the third straight year.

The senior co-captain from Andover, Mass., was 3-0 at the Team Nationals at Harvard University in wins over Vassar, Bowdoin and Cornell, and she finished the season with a 16-6 individual record.