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Bobcats of the week of Jan. 9, 2006

Bryan Wholey '08
Bryan Wholey's teammate Zak Ray made the most dramatic contribution to Bates' 73-69 overtime win over Colby on Saturday, but the Bobcats wouldn't have had the chance for last-minute heroics if it hadn't been for teammates like Rob Stockwell (16 points, eight rebounds), Pat Halloran (nine points on three 3-pointers) and Wholey.The sophomore guard from Marshfield, Mass., had his first career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 6-for-14 from the floor overall and 3-for-7 on three-pointers. He scored nine of Bates' 15 points on threes during a five-minute stretch of the second half that allowed the Bobcats to hang in the game despite a late-game shooting drought.

Wholey's turnaround jumper from the top of the key gave Bates the lead for good with 59 seconds left in overtime, 71-69.

Meg Coffin '07
As the Bates women's basketball team (8-5) seems to be rounding into form, with four straight wins heading into Friday night's showdown against NESCAC rival Bowdoin, Coffin has been the Bobcats' unquestioned leader and most consistent performer.Coffin continued her outstanding season over the past week with a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 62-52 win at Colby on Jan. 4, and she registered a team-high 17 points and 11 rebounds the following night in an 81-59 win over Simmons. She shot a blistering 17-for-26 (.654) combined in the two contests.

Coffin currently ranks first in the NESCAC in rebounding (11.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (.583), and is second in the NESCAC in scoring (17.4 ppg), steals (2.90 spg) and blocked shots (1.60).