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Bobcats of the week of Feb. 9, 2009

Chris Wilson '10
Bates junior Chris Wilson(Brewer, Maine) averaged 19.5 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game in leading Bates to a 54-53 win over Trinity and a narrow 71-66 loss to nationally ranked Amherst. He shot 13-for-25 from the field (.520) on the week, including 6-of-8 (.750) from behind the three-point arc.In the Amherst game, Wilson scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 on threes, to go with 7 assists and 4 rebounds. He followed that up with 15 points and 4 rebounds in the crucial victory over Trinity. He was honored as Player of the Week for his efforts by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association.

Wilson averages a team-high 12.0 points per game and leads the NESCAC in free throw shooting (.903) while ranking fourth in assists per game (4.45 apg). In conference games he is ranked 10th in the NESCAC in scoring (13.8 ppg), second in assists (4.38 apg) and 10th in three-point accuracy (.455).

Wilson and the Bobcats (12-10, 3-5 NESCAC) play their final non-conference game on Thursday night at Gordon College, then wrap up the regular season with a home date against Tufts on Saturday at 3 p.m., where they'll look to improve their chances for a spot in the eight-team field of the NESCAC Championships. Bates still has an outside chance of landing the fourth seed and a home playoff game.

Charlotte Green '11
Bates College sophomoreCharlotte Greenhad such an outstanding meet last weekend against Connecticut College and Wellesley that she was named Division III Women's National Swimmer of the Week by CollegeSwimming.com, the leading swimming Web site in the country. It is the first time a Bates swimmer has claimed the prestigious award.The Web site singled out Green (New Canaan, Conn.) for her singular performances at last weekend's tri-meet with Connecticut College and Wellesley College at Tarbell Pool, where she broke four pool records and set two school records. Her time of 51.58 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle was the third fastest in the country at the time, and automatically qualified her for her first trip to the NCAA Division III Championships, to be held at the University of Minnesota in March. Green also led off the 200 free relay in 24.26 seconds, another school record, personal best, and a national "B" cut time.

According to head coach Peter Casares, Green was mentioned first in the Web site's article because out of all the winners of the National Swimmer of the Week award for Feb. 2-8 (i.e., males and females from all three NCAA divisions), hers was deemed the most impressive of all.