There are players that never get to experience the Final Four once in their career. And then there is UConn fifth-year seniors Caroline Doty and Heather Buck.
Doty and Buck are among four players in NCAA history to be members of five Final Four teams. They join Khalilah Mitchell and Marian Whitfield, who were with LSU from 2004-08.
“Can you believe it? People say I’m unlucky with the injuries and stuff, but I think I’m pretty (darn) lucky to be able to go to five Final Fours,’’ Doty said. “It’s something every basketball player dreams of, and the fact that I was able to do it five years in a row with such a great team. I give all the credit to the coaching staff for preparing us. Every single year they’re on top of us from Day 1 about getting everything perfect and if we didn’t strive for perfection there’s no way that we’d be here. Just the way our team’s playing together and our freshmen aren’t playing like freshmen and people are stepping up big-time and other things are falling down. It’s huge and it’s just great that it’s happened right now.’’
Said Buck: “It’s really special. Every year you go to the Final Four is really special. But it’s special because of the group that we’re going there with and the way we’re playing as a team.’’
The goal for the Huskies now is to send Doty and Buck out with a third national championship.
“With everything that Caroline and Heather have put into this program, it means a lot to us to send our seniors out by getting them to one more Final Four,’’ UConn junior Bria Hartley said. “Obviously, we have one more goal to reach and it would be great to get that for them.’’