UConn junior point guard Caroline Doty has been fully cleared, a source with knowledge of her physical condition confirmed Friday night.
It had been a long wait for Doty, who underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee Aug. 31, 2010 and missed all of last season. Team trainer Rosemary Ragle informed Doty of her present status Aug. 27, the day after the Huskies returned from their 10-day trip to Italy.
Doty was initially scheduled to be fully cleared July 1. However, she sprained her left knee during a 3-on-3 drill June 29. At that point she was instructed by team doctor Robert Arciero to back off.
It has since been a steady progression for Doty. She was first allowed to practice for 40 minutes. The time limit was then increased to one hour en route to working her way back to competing fully. Since she has been cleared there have been times when she has not been permitted to play in pick-up games on back-to-back days. But a source said that that has been her only limitation.
Doty, who has two years of eligibility remaining, has missed 60 of a possible 116 games in her career at UConn due to two ACL tears in her left knee. She also tore the ACL in her left knee during her senior year at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa.
Doty averaged 6.8 points, 3.5 assists and 25.3 minutes in 39 games (38 starts) in 2009-10 – her only full season with the Huskies. She was second on the team in assists and made 3-pointers (49).
Doty has started 55 of the 56 games in which she has appeared during her career. And it is the hope of Huskies’ coach Geno Auriemma to have Doty in the starting lineup for the season opener against Holy Cross Nov. 13 at Gampel Pavilion.
A source said that starting Doty is the ideal role for her because Auriemma does not want her to have to participate in pregame warm-ups and then sit on the bench before having to get warm all over again when she enters the game.