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Friday, March 16, 2012

Doty ready for return to NCAAs

A knee injury kept UConn junior guard Caroline Doty out of last year's NCAA tournament but she is expected to be in the starting lineup when the Huskies play Prairie View A&M in Saturday's NCAA tournament opener.

Doty did her best to downplay her emotions but knowing what a competitor Doty is, I know it must have been incredibly trying to sit there and watch the tournament games last year and especially the loss to Notre Dame in the Final Four.

"For anybody it is exciting to be a part of it," Doty said. "It is what everybody dreams of, there are only (64) teams and it could end any day so we have to come out here ready to fight and play at the same time.

"It is more focus time and being there for your teammates. It is way better being on the court of course but it is a team sport for a reason. You do your role and have fun at the same time."

The UConn coaching staff gave Doty stuff to track during games last season so she still felt like she was a part of the Huskies' success. Doty said that year on the sidelines did aid her.

"Just kind of taking a step back, it is easier to see everything on the court when you are on the sidelines so it was just pretty much being aware of what is going on, what needed to happen," Doty said. "The experience of being in the tournament, it was a once in a lifetime experience."

Geno Auriemma said that Doty played a significant role in the win over Notre Dame in the championship game of the Big East tournament even though she did not score. Doty's ability to run the offense enabled Bria Hartley to play off the ball more, a position which allows her to look for her shot more.

"She has played here and she knows what it is like," Hartley said. "It helps reinforce what you are doing. I think that is one thing Caroline has helped me out with the most is going to talking about what we should be doing on the court. It is good to have somebody to work with and talk to throughout the entire game."

Speaking of Doty, she is back at the helm of another video making the rounds on youtube. The latest one is not a trick shot video but one featuring Doty and seven of her teammates letting loose. Much of the filming was done after the Selection Show on Monday night at Gampel Pavilion.

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