Doty to miss 2010-2011 season with torn ACL

The word out of Storrs, CT today isn’t good — star guard Caroline Doty has been lost for the season with a torn ACL.

This is at least Doty’s third torn ACL in four years, not a very promising thought.  She will, however, have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

The Huskies were already going to slip somewhat — you don’t replace players like Tina Charles and Kalana Greene easily — but I thought the Huskies would still be very good.  After all, Kelly Faris seems ready to step in for Greene, meaning the only question would be in the middle.  Now, with Doty out for the season, the task becomes greater, and the Huskies will need at least a couple, maybe three, of the newcomers to come up big.  It’s likely that Bria Hartley will now need to play major minutes.

Don’t get me wrong — the Huskies will still be good — but unless the freshman really come up big, I think this team is going to struggle.  Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes, the only two remaining starters, will be very good, and I will buy the “Geno will find a way” line to some extent.  But while the incoming class is very good, they’re not Bird-Cash-Jones-Walter-Williams good, and even that group took some time to get going.


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