Bobcats of the week of Feb. 15, 2010

Mark Brust '13
The Bates men's basketball team needed a win in the regular-season finale on Saturday against Tufts in order to nab the fourth seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship, and secure one more home game for the Bobcats. But the Bobcats faced a 10-point deficit (44-34) with 12:07 left in the game.That's when rookie sensation Mark Brust(Duxbury, Mass.) took the game into his own hands. Over the next five minutes of the game, Brust hit seven consecutive shots for 15 points, part of a 22-7 Bates run that gave the Bobcats a 56-51 Bates lead with 5:21 left. Brust finished with a career-high 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting, along with five rebounds, three assists and just one turnover. In a 1-1 week for the Bobcats, he averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

Since becoming a full-time starting point guard 10 games ago, Brust  averages 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a mere 1.0 turnovers, while sporting a 3.5 assist-to-turnover ratio and shooting .505 from the field.

Holding the fourth seed, Bates hosts Bowdoin on Saturday in the NESCAC quarterfinals. Tipoff is at 3 p.m.

Jessie Igoe '11
Bates junior centerJessie Igoe(Lexington, Mass.) scored a career-high 22 points, including a 10-for-11 performance at the free throw line, to go with 11 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals as Bates defeated No. 14 Tufts 71-57 on Saturday. It was the first win over a nationally ranked team for the Bobcats since Jan. 13, 2006, when Bates knocked off then-No. 2 Bowdoin 56-51. The co-captain's exceptional performance earned her a pair of honors: NESCAC Player of the Week and Maine (MWBCA) Player of the Week"Jessie is playing with confidence and skill," head coach Jim Murphy told the Boston Globe West. "Her post moves have been almost unstoppable, and her ability to get to the free throw line and convert her foul shots has really helped the team. She is also playing excellent defense and has been a relentless rebounder."

The win put the Bobcats at 13-11 at the end of the regular season and gave them a 4-5 conference record, earning them the No. 6 seed in this weekend's NESCAC Championship. They'll travel to Williams to take on the third-seeded Ephs on Saturday at 2 p.m.