Senior Caroline Doty had another one of those games Tuesday against Marquette. It was one of those shooting performance that makes you almost forget that she has three times torn the ACL in her left knee. Almost.
Doty made 3-pointers in a span of 3:24 early in the first half of UConn’s 94-37 victory. She made a fourth with 11:35 left in the game as she finished with 12 points, her second highest scoring output this season, on 4-of-5 shooting (4-of-4 3-pointers) in 21 minutes.
Doty, who played the first 10:46 of the second half before heading the bench for good with the Huskies leading 85-29, also had three assists and one rebound. It marked just the third time in 22 games this season that she has reached double figures in scoring and the seventh time that she has played at least 21 minutes.
With her career rapidly coming to an end, here is how UConn coach Geno Auriemma plans to regulate Doty’s playing time over what could be as many as 17 games remaining.
“Well, it’s a funny situation to be honest with you,’’ Auriemma said. “If Caroline’s struggling, then I’m anxious to get her out because I’m like, `Why put her through that? She doesn’t deserve that.’ And when she’s playing well, I don’t even think about her knee. I just don’t even want to take her out until one of the coaches goes, `Yeah, we better get Caroline out.’ I think (Tuesday) in the second half, she played the first 11 minutes if I’m not mistaken. She’s a senior. And when she’s playing well and enjoying it like she did (Tuesday), I want her to get every last bit out of it that she can. I want her to experience it because this is the last time. So when it’s bad I want to get her out because I don’t want her to suffer. And when it’s good, I don’t want to take her out because I want her to enjoy it. So that’s kind of how I’m going to go about it.’’