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Bobcats of the week of Nov. 29, 2010

Brian Ellis '11
Brian Ellis(Braintree, Mass.) has found quite a way to start his senior season. The First Team All-NESCAC forward opened the 2010-2011 season by scoring 23 points, including his 1,000th career point, in Bates' win over Babson at the Chuck Resler Invitational at the University of Rochester, to become the 30th Bates man to reach the plateau. He was named tournament MVP as Bates started the season 2-0 with wins over Babson and St. Lawrence, averaging 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 14-20 (.700) from the field and 5-5 (1.000) from the line.Ellis followed that up with last week's gem: in a 76-72 loss to an upstart team from the University of Southern Maine, Ellis shot 12-for-16 from the field and scored a career-high 33 points.

Ellis hit 2-of-3 shots behind the arc, and went 7-for-7 at the free-throw line. He also had four rebounds and three assists, and was named NESCAC and Maine State Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

It was the most points scored by a Bobcat in nearly eight years; it was also the first 30-point game since Zak Ray '07 scored 30 against Amherst on Feb. 25, 2006.

Ellis entered the week leading the NESCAC in scoring, averaging 22.7 points per game. He is also tied for third in field goal percentage (26-36, .722) and is tied for 14th in rebounding (5.7 rpg).

Jessie Igoe '11
Bates senior centerJessie Igoe(Lexington, Mass.) has made it evident that she's perfectly willing to step into the void left on the Bates women's basketball team with the graduation of last season's leading scorer and rebounder, Lauren Yanofsky.The 6-foot-1, two-time team captain scored 20 points with seven rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals to lead Bates to a 64-55 win over Regis in the Babson Invitational Tournament. She was named to the All-Tournament Team as Bates led off with 1-1 week, averaging 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game.

Igoe followed that by playing an enormous role in Bates' first win over the in-state rival University of Southern Maine since 2004. She scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds.

Entering this week, Igoe led the Bobcats in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg), to go with 1.0 blocked shots per game. She also assumed the team lead in field goal attempts, with 13.3 per game and a .475 rate of accuracy.

Igoe and the Bobcats play host to UMaine-Farmington for a non-conference game on Wednesday at 7 p.m.