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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Media day musings

Other than the music blaring out of the loud speakers as the media attempted to conduct interviews, it was a pretty uneventful media day.

Caroline Doty said she was cleared to practice fully about two weeks ago. However, having gone through the grueling rehabilitation process following a torn ACL has matured Doty knowing it will be a couple of months before she shakes the rust off and plays to lofty standards she holds for herself.

She was raring to go when give the OK to practice without restriction.

"(It's been) full throttle for a couple weeks," Doty said. "At the beginning of the preseason, I was still limited. I was doing all the running and lifting, just not as much playing. I think for three or four weeks, I was doing individual (workouts). I am feeling good."

Auriemma raved about the team's only true freshman Kelly Faris.

"You hate to jinx kids but Kelly Faris is really, really, really, really good. Nobody knows her but she is really, really, really good. She never plays bad, ever. I have never seen her play bad."

I asked Auriemma how unusual that is for a freshman and he laughed.

"It just doesn't happen very often. Don't get me wrong, you get special kids come along. That is not to say that Kelly plays (like an) All-Big East first-team (player) every night but I am telling you right now, you will not see that kid ever play a bad game."

Auriemma also raved about the improvement he has seen in erratic junior guard Lorin Dixon.

Doors open for "First Night" at 6 p.m. and get there early if you want autographs because both Auriemma and men's coach Jim Calhoun will be among those signing autographs from 6-6:45 p.m.

Among those planning to attend tomorrow as six of the top high school players in the country. Stefanie Dolson, Lauren Engeln, Michala Johnson and Samarie Walker previously committed while Bria Hartley and Chiney Ogwumike are considered to be among the best uncommitted players in the class. Highly-touted junior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will also be on hand.

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