The Week That Was in Bates

November 17-24, 1996



Women's Basketball (1-1) Takes Second at UMF Tournament; Bonkovsky Reaches 1,000

Senior captain Sarah Bonkovsky (Harvard, Mass.), became the seventh female player in Bates basketball history to score 1,000 points as the Bobcats defeated the Thomas College Terriers in the first round of the Maine Farmington Invitational, 81-49.

Bonkovsky, a 5-11 center, reached the milestone when she hit a pair of free throws with 2:52 remaining in the game. She was the leading scorer in the game with 18 points on five-for-17 shooting, including three-for-six from 3-point range. Bonkovsky pulled down seven rebounds, and had three steals and three assists.

In their first game of the season, Bates dominated from the beginning, not allowing Thomas a field goal for the first nine minutes of the game to establish a 22-3 lead which they extended to 40-19 at halftime. Other standouts for the Bobcats were sophomore guards Colleen McCrave (Walpole, Mass.) who nearly recorded her second career triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine steals, and A.T. Taylor (Orono, Maine) who had 15 points and six rebounds

In the championship game, the Bobcats fell to one of the strongest opponents they will see this season, the host Maine-Farmington Beavers, 73-61. Despite shooting just 33 percent from the floor in the first half, the Bobcats trailed just 33-30 at the break. They came out strong to start the second, going on a 15-8 run to take a 45-41 lead five minutes in. The Beavers answered, though, with an 11-0 run of their own, taking a 52-45 advantage they would not relinquish. Bonkovsky and Taylor, who were named to the All-Tournament team finishd with 21 points and eight rebound apiece, but they were the only Bobcats in double figures.
Up Next:
12/2 at Univ. of New England/Westbrook
12/5 at Bowdoin
12/7 vs. New England College

Women's Squash

Women's Squash (1-1) Splits at Middlebury

After falling to the host Middlebury Panthers, 6-3, in their opening match, the women's squash team rebounded with a victory over Tufts by the same score in their second match. Leading the way for the Bobcats were a trio of seniors who won both matches: No. 3 player Alysia Wurst (New Canaan, Conn.), who won both matches in four games, No. 4 Katie McQuilkin (Cambridge, Mass.), who won six straight games, four by five points or more, and No. 9,Rebecca Shankman (New Rochelle, N.Y.), who picked up the Bobcats tightest win of the day, 10-8, 5-9, 8-10, 10-9, 9-6 against Tufts.

Up Next:
12/6-7 at Wesleyan vs. Wesleyan, Wellesley, Smith, and Trinity

Men's Squash

Men's Squash (5-0) Opens Strong

At Williams, the men's squash team got off to a fantastic start, defeating Fordham, 8-1; Columbia, 7-2, Hamilton 6-3, Vassar, 5-4, Haverford, 9-0. (Individual scores not available)

Up Next:
12/5 vs. Navy
12/7 at MIT

Swimming and Diving

Swimming (M & W, 1-0) Sweeps Clark

The men's and women's swim teams opened the season successful with a sweep at Clark University. The men took a 142-94 decision, while the women had a much closer match, winning 130-112.

The men had a pair of multiple winners. senior Tatsuya Sato (Tokyo, Japan) won the 100 and 200-yard freestyle with times of 50.43 seconds and 1:55.75, respectively. Sophomore diver Dave Burke (Andover, Mass.) swept the diving events, scoring 214.05 in the 1-meter event and 228.9 in the 3-meters. The Bobcats also received victories from sophomore Damon Bowe (Houma, La.) in the 200 individual medley, junior Steve Simmons (Winter Park, Fla.) in the 200 butterfly and sophomore Chris Orpilla (Seaside, Calif.) in the 200 breaststroke.

The women's meet went back and forth for much of the day, with neither team getting more than 20 points ahead. Heading into the final two races of the day, the Bobcats trailed 104-102. They took 28 of the next 32 points to win the meet, 130-112. In the 200 breaststroke, first-year swimmer Elizabeth Fey (Westport, Conn.) and senior captain Jennifer Weiers (Indiana, Pa.) finished in the top two places (2:39.39 and 2:40.54) to give the Bobcats a nine-point lead. The 200 freestyle relay team of sophomores Elizabeth Loughran (Middletown, N.Y.) and Wendy Zimmerman (Denver, Colo.), senior Dawn Bilodeau (Lewiston, Maine) and junior Denby Johnson (Chanhassen, Minn.) cemented the win finishing in a time of 1:46.81. Johnson and Loughran also picked up a pair of individual wins; Johnson took the 200 freestyle (2:02.12) and 200 backstroke (2:17.26), while Loughran won the 500 and 1000 freestyle (5:32.58 and 11:30.85).

Up Next:
12/7 at Wesleyan vs. Wesleyan and Williams

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