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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Doty not expected to play during European trip

UConn coach Geno Auriemma said that Caroline Doty looks good comIng back from a sprained knee but they won't risk it by having her play in the upcoming games on the European trip.

"She is good," Auriemma said on Thursday before the Connecticut Sun/San Antonio Silver Stars games at Mohegan Sun Arena. "She is not 100 percent practicing or 100 percent ready to play but she is doing some workouts and some drills in practice. It's mainly 'what's the rush now.' We really don't have anything until November so let's keep doing the rehab, keep doing the drills, keep working at it and let's see what October and the first week of November brings.

"She'll come, she'll practice and go through all the stuff that we do. Once you get into game action, I think it changes a kid's mentality. I don't know I want to put her in that situation just yet."

Auriemma believes Sue Bird benefitted greatly from a trip similar to the one the Huskies took in 1999 as Bird was coming off a torn ACL. While it would have been a bonus if a healthy Doty would have been able to fully participate in the practices and games during the trip to Italy later this month, Auriemma thinks the situation is different from Bird's.

"That was Sue's first time (coming back from a knee injury) so that was completely different from what is going on with Caroline," Auriemma said. "This is not the first time she is coming back from this. I think things are completely different and we have to take a different approach. If this had been the very first one, maybe we would look at it differently. It not being that and her tweaking it, I think we have to be a little more cautious."

The team has been practicing in preparation for the four games the Huskies will play in Italy. The Huskies fly out on Tuesday. UConn will play the Netherlands' national team on Thursday at Arena Altero Felici in Rome. The next day the Huskies will play the Italian Select team at the same site.

On Aug. 22 UConn will play Saarlouis Royales, a team that plays in Germany's DBBL league, at Montecatini Terme before heading to Milan and wrapping up the schedule with a game against the Nigerian national team on Aug. 24.

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