02/06/03 Duke's Howe might redshirt
By Jim Mandelaro
Democrat and Chronicle
(February 7, 2003) — Caitlin Howe is a Blue Devil, but she soon may be a
The former Fairport High basketball star has not played for national power Duke
this year because of a lingering knee injury. She says she is open to the
possibility of sitting out the season and playing the next four years.
“As time passes, there is a greater chance,” she says. “If we get into March and
I’m not playing, I’d say there is a great chance I’d redshirt.”
Howe still plans to graduate in four years. If she redshirted this season, she
would be a freshmen eligiblity-wise next year.
Athletic scholarships are renewable every season. Duke coach Gail Goestenkors
has guaranteed Howe four years at the Durham, N.C., school, but would have to OK
a fifth year.
The Blue Devils, ranked No. 2 nationally, have seven regular-season games
remaining before the ACC Tournament begins March 7 in Greensboro, N.C.
Howe tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee twice in high school.
She played in Duke’s first exhibition game this year, scoring five points in 13
minutes against Team Concept, but felt her knee shift.
She hasn’t played since, although she now runs full practices with the team,
usually playing with men against the Duke starters.
She dresses for games but says she is “not ready” to play.
“My knee is so much better, but there are still times when it will sort of
slip,” says Howe, a two-time All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year selection.
“It’s what I was having problems with before.
“I’m really in uncharted waters. I don’t know how the knee will respond.”
Howe remains confident that ultimately everything will work out.
“I know what’s going to happen,” she says. “It’s just whether it happens in a
week, a month or a year.”