Senior guard Kasey Dean of Southbury, Conn., has been selected to play in the New England Women's basketball Association (NEWBA) Senior All-Star Classic.
Dean, was a second-team All-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection this season, after being named an honorable mention as a junior. She led the Judges in scoring (10.0 points per game) and assists (3.2 apg). Dean led the team in scoring nine times this season and scored in double figures in 13 of the Judges' 27 games, including a stretch of seven in a row that included a career-best 20 points in a Feb. 14 loss to second-ranked Washington University. Dean also led Brandeis in assists 16 times, including a career-high nine helpers in a 64-55 upset win over Emmanuel College in the first round of the ECAC Tournament. Dean has started every game during the last two seasons and played in 97 of a possible 102 contests for her career.
At the conclusion of each season the NEWBA sponsors the Senior All-Star Classic as a memorable way for many seniors to finish their collegiate careers. Players from around the region are nominated by their coaches and Sports Information Directors. Coaches then select the 22 participants through a vote. Dean will be playing at the contest hosted by Smith College on Saturday, March 29th at 1:00 p.m. to close out her collegiate career. She is the first Brandeis player to be invited to participate since Morgan Kendrew '12.
The Judges finished the season 14-13, including their first playoff berth since the 2008-2009 season. They were 7-7 in University Athletic Association play, good for fourth overall. Brandeis earned the No. 8 seed in the ECAC Tournament, and upset top-seeded Emmanuel on the road before falling to No. 4 Smith. The Judges are led by head coach Carol Simon, who is in her 27th year at the helm. Assistant coach Scott Foulis is in his seventh year at Brandeis.
Dean is a 2010 graduate of Pomperaug High School. She is the daughter of Chip and Kim Dean, Southbury, Conn.