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Yanofsky named NESCAC Player of the Week

Lauren Yanofsky '10

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates College junior forward Lauren Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) earned the NESCAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week award on Monday, the New England Small College Athletic Conference announced. It is the first NESCAC Player of the Week honor for the 6-foot-0 Yanofsky.

Yanofsky averaged 17.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game during a 2-1 week for the Bobcats. She started the week with 17 points and 10 rebounds in an 83-61 win over the University of New England last Tuesday. She followed with her second double-double of the week, another 17-point, 10-rebound effort in a 64-59 decision over rival Bowdoin on Thursday. Yanofsky closed out the week with her best shooting performance, going 8-for-15 with 18 points, five rebounds and four steals in a 66-55 setback to Tufts on Saturday. She shot .489 percent on the week (23-for-47).

Since joining the starting lineup seven games ago, when the Bobcats played Lynchburg in the South Padre Island Shootout, Yanofsky has responded with the best basketball of her collegiate career. Over that span Yanofsky has three double-doubles and averages 15.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.1 blocked shots per game, while shooting .490 from the field. She has now risen into the conference leaders in scoring (11.6 ppg), blocked shots (0.93 bpg) and field goal percentage (.490).

View the NESCAC weekly women's basketball release of Jan. 12, 2009