After guard Caroline Doty suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament for the third time since she was in high school, the Connecticut Huskies player had plenty of time on her hands to develop another skill: the trick shot.
Two months ago, at the urging of Connecticut’s manager, Greg Mihailides, Doty starred in a video called “Rise & Fire,” which as of last week had received more than 160,000 hits on YouTube. The video shows Doty making a series of off-the-wall shots, with UConn men’s star Kemba Walker sitting courtside.
Doty made one basket by bouncing the ball off the foul line. She made another from the Gampel Pavilion concourse that bounced off the floor and banked in off the backboard. Doty made 11 shots, one from each letter of the “CONNECTICUT” logo on the sideline.
In all, Doty said it took about 90 minutes to make the shots. It took her about 30 attempts to sink the shot from the concourse.
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“I’ve been here a long time, and now I have a lot of free time,” said Doty, a junior with two years of eligibility remaining. “My freshman year, I was doing court stuff, throwing up random shots, bouncing them, and they’d go in. This year, every road trip we would have an extra 10 minutes while the players (were) getting iced and doing interviews, and I’d shoot from half-court or try this shot, and it’d go in. One thing led to another.”
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