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Monday, January 23, 2012

Doty won't play against Syracuse but should return against USF

Caroline Doty underwent an MRI today, showing the condition of her meniscus and ACL are unchanged according to an official release sent out by UConn.  Doty suffered a bone bruise in her left knee during warm-ups, prior to the game against DePaul on January 21, and began experiencing soreness early on in the game at DePaul.  She will not play against Syracuse on Wednesday but is probable to play against South Florida on Saturday.

It will be the first game that Doty has missed this season. While Doty was not available to the media on Monday, we were able to get reaction from Geno Auriemma and some of Doty's teammates.

"Every time she goes up for a layup, does this or does that we are kind of holding our breath," UConn junior forward Kelly Faris said. "You hate to see a good player like that going through injury after injury (plus) the fact that she has worked her butt off to get back. When she went out, immediately 'shoot, where's she at? What she is doing?' Once I saw her and made eye contact (and knew) she was fine it is a little

Auriemma believes the fact that they are celebrating that it is "only" a bone bruise is an indication of just what Doty has been through since suffering her first of three torn ACLs as a senior at Germantown Academy.

"I am sure everybody was fearful that it might be something a lot more serious but I guess it takes having three ACL repairs to say it's only a bone bruise," Auriemma said. "For most people 'hey it's a bone bruise and I am going to be out for two days, five days, who knows.' But in Caroline's case saying it was only
a bone bruise, it was like somebody broke a fingernail. She is not going to play Wednesday and then we will see for Saturday. She is a tough kid and if there is anyway at all you come back from something like that, if somebody says it is six days, she will do it in three days. That is just the kind of kid she is and I am happy to hear it is 'only' a bone bruise."

Auriemma never saw the series of events early in the game leading up to Doty asking to be taken out of the game.

"She asked to come out," Auriemma said. "Nobody saw it, a collision that 'oh my God, look.' It was (UConn assistant coach) Shea (Ralph) saying 'get Caroline.' I turned around, looked and she was (motioning) 'get me out.' It is a good sign on her part because in her younger days, she wouldn't have said anything, she just would have kept playing and it would have gotten worse. Then she would have been out three weeks. I am glad it worked out like it did."

With Doty out, freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is expected to make her first career start on Wednesday.

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