Doty Set to Return

STORRS, Conn. - Guard Caroline Doty participated fully in practice Friday and is expected to start Saturday (1 p.m., XL Center) when No. 3 Connecticut takes on South Florida in Hartford.

Doty was held out of Wednesday's 95-54 victory at Syracuse after bruising her left knee at DePaul last week.

Doty described the pain as a "sting" when it first occurred. The injury caused her already troubled left knee to swell. That's the same knee that has been operated on three times during her career.

"Good; I feel good," Doty said after practice Friday at Gampel Pavilion. "I had a few days so that definitely helped out. I'm a little winded but that will come back. But yes I feel good."

UConn coach Geno Auriemma didn't hesitate when asked if Doty would start.

"I've never believed in keeping somebody out [of the starting lineup] just because they got hurt," he said. "She looked good. I think that taking a couple days off was the best thing for her and she did everything we did [Friday] so there were no restrictions on her whatsoever."

The Huskies (18-2, 7-1 Big East) have won six straight games since losing to Notre Dame Jan. 7. They face a quick turnaround after Saturday's game, traveling to Durham, N.C., to play No. 5 Duke Blue Devils in a non-conference game.


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