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April 22, 2013

Former Masco basketball star Caroline Stewart returns home after tearing Achilles overseas

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“It will probably take me a full year until I am back 100 percent, but hopefully I will be cleared to play within 6-9 months. It all depends on how well rehab goes,” Stewart said of the recovery period. “This is my first game-changing, serious injury so it will be a test of my character, focus, and dedication to stay true to what I have worked for all my life and get back on the court.”

Stewart surprised her family and flew back for Christmas and spent 10 days at home during the holiday. Though there’s no specific time-frame on when she’ll return, Stewart does plan to return to Belfast.

“I do look forward to going back to Ireland eventually,” Stewart said. “I’m not currently in talks now on going back yet, it all depends on timing and how quick I can recover. I’m aware that it is a very slow recovery process. I want to make sure to rehab the right way and not push anything.

“I loved everything about Northern Ireland. The people are so welcoming and friendly and the lifestyle is very laid back. I really enjoyed working with the at-risk youth, through Sport Changes Life. I hope I made a difference in the kids lives because they have made such a difference in mine.”

A born leader, Stewart captained the BU Terriers for three seasons in college. She finished with 737 career points in 122 games for BU and is fourth in school history with 791 rebounds. During her final season with the Terriers, she started all 32 games and averaged a career best 7.8 points per game and 8.4 rebounds, while recording four double-doubles.

The 6-foot power forward hit the 1,000 point and rebound mark during her senior season at Masconomet in 2008, when she was named the Cape Ann League’s MVP. Stewart found herself as more of a role player when she entered college on full athletic scholarship, but quickly grew as one of the Terriers’ leading rebounders and continued that theme in Belfast.

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