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Bobcats of the week of Dec. 1, 2008

Chris Wilson '10
In last Tuesday's annual matchup against Southern Maine, the Bates men's basketball team trailed their in-state rivals at halftime by a 30-24 score. But junior co-captain Chris Wilsontook care of chopping that lead down right away to start the second half, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers that sandwiched a pair of USM foul shots, cutting the deficit to 32-30 in the first 84 seconds of the period. Wilson's threes were the start of a 17-2 run for Bates that put the Huskies away.Wilson (Brewer, Maine) had 12 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 0 turnovers and a 6-for-6 shooting performance at the free-throw line in the second half. Combined with 9 points and 6 rebounds from sophomore Brian Ellis(Braintree, Mass.) and a 4-for-30 shooting performance by the Huskies, the Bobcats turned the first-half deficit into a 66-45 rout. For the game, Wilson scored a team-high 15 points with 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Wilson is currently 18th in the New England Small College Athletic Conference in scoring, at 12.0 points per game. He's also tied for fourth in assists at 5.0 per game, and he's tied for 13th in rebounding at 6.0 boards per game. The NESCAC's top free-throw shooter last season, Wilson has hit 13 of 14 foul shots thus far and shares the conference lead with a .929 percentage. He was named to the all-tournament team at the season-opening Hamilton College Tipoff Tournament.

Val Beckwith '09
Senior co-captain Val Beckwithhas led the Bates women's basketball team to a 2-1 start, leading the team in scoring in all three of its games thus far. That includes an efficient 14-point effort in last week's loss to Southern Maine, in which the two-time All-NESCAC forward hit 6 of 9 shots from the field while also collected three steals and three rebounds.Beckwith (Woburn, Mass.) earned NESCAC Co-Player of the Week honors last week, the second such award of her career. She leads the Bobcats and ranks among the top six players in the New England Small College Athletic Conference in scoring (17.7 points per game, second in the NESCAC), rebounding (7.3 per game, sixth highest in the NESCAC), and steals (2.67 per game, third best in the league). Beckwith has moved into 13th place on Bates' all-time scoring list, with 1,066 points.