Caroline Doty Not Immune From Geno’s Demands

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Before too long, Caroline Doty’s journey through the depths of injury and rehabilitation and elation of winning national championships at UConn will be over.

In fact, the fifth-year guard now has no more than 11 regular season and nine postseason games remaining before her career comes to an end.

But that doesn’t mean there still isn’t time to learn new things – or for Geno Auriemma to make demands of her.

Such was the case prior to UConn’s 30-point win over Duke Jan. 21. Auriemma sat Doty down, looked her in the eye and laid it out for her.

“I wouldn’t call what we had a discussion because that involves two people talking to each other,” Auriemma said. “This was more of a presentation to Caroline.

“I told her I didn’t think she’d rank in our top 12 defensively [UConn has 11 players]. She understands that. But I told her that’s not why she is out in the floor. I told her, if she is not going to organize our team when she out there, and get the ball where it is supposed to be when it is supposed to be, and knock down some open shots, there is absolutely positively no reason for her to be playing. None. She took it hard, obviously.”

Saturday night, after playing only 14 minutes and not scoring in UConn’s monotonous 67-31 win over Cincinnati, Doty said she listened to every word.

“You have to take it as a challenge. That’s the only way you can take it,” Doty said. “And it’s not the first time he said those things to me. You get a little emotional when you hear it, but you also know the only way to respond is through performance and taking care of the ball.

“I had a turnover tonight [just one] and that is unacceptable. I have to run the offense, keep everyone together. When I don’t do that, I’m insignificant to the team. There was nothing for me to say to him. I mean, you can say what you want. But it comes down to how you perform.

“Coach is always right. It doesn’t matter what I think. When he tells me something, when he has expectations of me, I will take it as a challenge and try my best to overcome.”

Debbie Fiske, the point guard on UConn’s first Final Four team, the former coach at the University of St. Joseph and now radio analyst for the Huskies, said it’s not easy for a veteran to hear those kinds of things.

“It can brutal to hear. Caroline is bright, smart young woman. And sometimes you don’t want to hear that. But then you realize, ‘Yes he [Auriemma] is right’ and I know she respects him enough to believe him. She has to find a way to make some open shots or be that team leader on the floor. And she has done that.

“Look at how she impacted the Duke game. They were running too fast and picked up a few traveling calls as a result. Caroline slowed the game down to a different pace, the one they needed to succeed.

“Kelly Faris was the star of the [Duke] game, but Caroline was just as important, if not actually as much in the stat sheet. She needed to be a presence in that game.  And she made most of her time out there.”

Doty, with a monstrous brace on her left leg, has had bright moments this season. Her performance at Oregon on Dec. 31 [14 points, five three-pointers, 12 rebounds] prompted Auriemma to say it was the best game she’d ever played at UConn.

“And Geno rode her that game, seeing that she was doing all the right things,” Fiske said. “But there will be times when the body is not going to let her do what her mind wants.”

But Auriemma wants her to focus tightly on her role as caretaker and stabilizer when he plays her. That is her role, likely her only one from here on.

“Caroline was a Kelly Faris-type athlete,” Auriemma said. “But as time goes and you look back, and you realize that you really can’t do many of those things anymore, it’s pretty depressing and demoralizing.

“You need to be pretty strong [mentally] to change the way you play basketball after you have played it for so long [another way]. It’s been tough for her and I am proud of her.

And if she doesn’t, no matter how he feels about her personally, he has told her he will not play her as much as UConn pursues an eighth national title.

“With coach you need to focus on what he says and not how he says it,” Stefanie Dolson said. “You need to listen to what he says and respond to it. He may sound mad, but you just try to focus on the content.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 thoughts on “Caroline Doty Not Immune From Geno’s Demands

  1. No Wonder ESPN Televises Bowling

    Jamelle appreciation “game” was one for the ages. Preach competition and being perfect on every play. Then give less than 100% against a team coached by a friend. Auriemma did not give 100%. Faris did not.

    1. FREDDYKOOL

      FREDDYKOOL: OH WONDER ONE!!! WHAT WOULD YOU DO AGAINST SUCH A LONG TIME FRIEND???????

  2. What Is Going On In Practice

    Cincy’s team would get defeated by the top high schools. Yet they outscored Stewart, Jefferson, Tuck, Banks, and Stokes. 3 of the top 5 rated players by HoopGurlz plus 2 sophomores. All 5 players coached by Auriemma. And yet they were outscored by Cincy.

    UConn’s practices are overrated. UConn could not close out against Notre Dame in 5 out of the last 6 games. UConn could not close out at Baylor last season. And now last night.

    1. Steve Gee

      What Is Going On In Your Head?:

      And if Geno kept the foot on the throttle and pounded Cincy by 60 points you’d be here complaining how Geno runs-up the score and prevents player development by not giving the bench enough minutes.

        1. Steve Gee

          So, “Internet sheriff”, is that what you’re calling yourself today?

      1. FREDDY UNKOOL

        WOW WOW DO U KNO WHERZ DA CHARTER OAK IZZZ?/
        WOW IF YOU WERE SITTING DOWN ==YOU’D BE SITTING ON FREDDYKOOLS HEAD WOW.

        WHO’D A THUNK IT???? WOW

        1. FREDDYKOOL

          FREDDYKOOL: NANCY, AFTER A YEAR IN PRISON, A YEAR ON YOUR SHRINKS COUCH, AFTER BEING THROWN OFF THE COURANTS PAGE, FACEBOOK, AND YOUR JOB, U GOT THE CAJUNS TO BUST MY NUTS?

          1. FREDDY UNKOOL

            FREDDY–YOU ARE A FOUL MOUTH SON OF A –WITCH. YOU SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THESE PAGES FOR YOUR L M A O –THAT’S FILTHY AND SPEAKS VOLUMES TO YOUR INTELLECT AND THE WAY YOU WERE RAISED. GUTTER I’D BELIEVE IS WHERE YOU CAME FROM!!

  3. Village idiot

    No need to rub Jamell’s nose into the dirt, 30 point win is more than enough.
    Doty hasn’t been playing up to standards, she hurt ok, but bad passes are unacceptable. She after 5 years must know how to direct the UConn offense. Yell at those that don’t perform right, put them where they should be–that’s her job. On defense she is a limited quantity. Her knowledge of the game should compensate for her injury.
    The young guys on UConn got to play against a physical and determined Cinci team. Now Geno has a point to judge them in a real game. Show them what they did wrong.
    I loved the Geno of the Duke game and the Marquette game. He was engaged in the game. Coached and taught all thru the games. This is what he must do until he brings home his 8th championship.

  4. To Put It In Perspective

    Would you enjoy next week’s Super Bowl if Jim Harbaugh was far enough ahead that he put his second string in the 2nd half and did not coach them? That’s what Auriemma did last night.

  5. TexasBogger

    When Geno subs one or two at a time they can be absorbed into the offensive flow. When he clears the bench it gets ugly fast. He won’t embarrass his colleagues so we will see more of it this season. The “second team” simply has a long way to go at the offensive end.

  6. FREDDYKOOL

    FREDDYKOOL: I SEE WE HAVE A LONG LINE OF CHAPS WHO WANT TO REPLACE COACH A….h’mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    1. FREDDY UNKOOL

      FREDDYKOOL — HAVE YOU LEARNED TO READ??? OR ARE YOU JUST CONTRARY???
      WOW WHO’D A THUNK IT??? WOW WOW FREDDY DO YOU NEED HELP EXTRACATING YOU HEAD FROM YOU COLON SPHYNSTER??

      1. FREDDYKOOL

        NANCY WILD DARLING A YEAR OUTTA PRISON, A YEAR OFF UR SHRINKS COUCH, A YEAR AFTER BEING THROWN OFF THE COURANTS PAGE,THE FACEBOOK PAGE, THE REST U WORKED AND THE GIRLFRIENDS LIL DAUGHTERS ROOM, U GOT THE COJUNS TO BREAK MY NUTS……LMAO

  7. ray-ray

    thank god the doty era is coming to an end.no problem MEGHAN”HA,HA,HA” CULMO will honor her as one of the greats.

  8. Management Consultant

    Geno–Did you miss that management class that said: Chastise in private, praise in public. This is not just good management practice, it’s good human relations.

    I know when your dirty laundry is being shown in the press you get irate and sometimes downright nasty.

    So why would you do this to a kid that works in pain everyday just to play a few minutes for you?? Hasn’t she given you her best over the years. Hasn’t she earned a private meeting?? Come on Geno–you knew better than this.

  9. Tom

    To Put It In Perspective:

    It seems you have no perspective. The Cincy game was not the Super Bowl. It was a mismatch. UConn was killing them, and Geno simply showed some mercy and also gave the reserves a chance to play. You are a fool.

  10. Misty

    JA – this space has been going downhill for the past five or six weeks. For some reason the underbelly of society are setting up shop.

    I volunter to be WebMaster and to keep the riff raff at bay.

  11. bridget

    very nice article I really wish that heather buck could play more but I have to agree with geno and what he says is always right even if they do not have to agree with it this is his team and I love them all.

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