February 22, 2012

Bridgett Casey Named MASCAC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- For the third time in the past five seasons, Bridgewater State's Bridgett Casey has been selected as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.

Casey guided the Bears to their third MASCAC title in the last five years. Bridgewater completed the 2011-2012 regular season with a 10-2 conference record and an overall mark of 17-7.  The Bears are the top seed for the MASCAC Tournament and will host the semifinals and championship game on Friday and Saturday.  BSU will take on fifth-seeded Worcester State on Friday at 5:30 PM.

In 15 seasons at Bridgewater State, Casey has compiled a career coaching record of 218-166 (.548) as she is the all-time winningest coach in BSU women's basketball history.  She was also named coach of the year in 2007-2008 and again in 2009-2010.

Under Casey, the Bears have recorded double-digit win totals in all but one of her 15 seasons as head coach. Her teams have averaged 14.5 victories a year during her tenure and have hit the 20-win mark twice (2005-06, 2007-08).  Casey also sports a solid MASCAC record as the Bears are 113-67 (.628) versus conference opponents during the regular season since she took over in 1997.

Twice Casey’s teams have won the MASCAC Tournament championship and advanced to NCAA Division III Tournament play.  The Bears won the tournament crown as the top seed in 2007-2008.  Last season as the number two seed, Bridgewater defeated MCLA in the semifinals and then went on the road to knock off regular season champion Westfield State in the title game.

Three BSU women's basketball players garnered all-conference honors this season under the guidance of Coach Casey. Senior forward Shelly DePina (New Bedford, Mass.) and junior forward Michaela Cosby (Walpole, Mass.) were both selected to the All-MASCAC First Team while sophomore guard Jenna Williamson (Ludlow, Mass.) was named to the second team.

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