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Hot-shooting Mizzou beats South Carolina 90-68

By the Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — On a night where Missouri shot almost 70 percent from the field, the Tigers knew the key player was someone who never shot the ball.

Point guard Phil Pressley had nine assists, running the offense for Missouri (20-8, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) almost to perfection in the Tigers 90-68 win over South Carolina on Thursday night.

“A guy can affect the game like that without taking a shot in a positive way. There are few guys in the country that can do that,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said.

Missouri shot 69.6 percent (32 of 46) for the game, and plenty of those baskets were easy. The Tigers had 10 dunks and 46 points in the paint to pick up just their second win on the road this season. Missouri shot just nine 3-pointers, making six of them against overmatched South Carolina (13-15, 3-12).

Plenty of those plays were set up by Pressley, the SEC leader in assists at seven a game.

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Freshman Lianna Doty making impact at point guard for Mizzou

Story by Elaine Stockdale

Freshman Lianna Doty had a lot to shoot for when she came to Missouri.

Missouri's Lianna Doty (1) tries to dribble past Arkansas's Keira Peak on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Missouri lost to Arkansas, 58-50. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Missouri’s Lianna Doty (1) tries to dribble past Arkansas’s Keira Peak on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Doty, a freshman, has been the starting point guard for most of the season.

“I had high expectations, my coaches did, and the recruiters also had high expectations of me,” said Doty, a 5-foot-7-inch guard. “I honestly didn’t think I’d be starting so early but I knew I was going to be playing a lot of minutes.”

The young rookie, recruited from Kirkwood High School in St. Louis, ranks fifth in the Southeastern Conference for assists (120) and 10th for steals (49). She has surpassed last season’s assist leader, Kyley Simmons, who also led the team as a freshman point guard. Simmons who tallied 111 assists last year.

“I want to continue to lead my team well,” Doty said. “Going into the team, I wanted to lead the team in assists and steals, which are categories I excel in. I think I’m achieving that but there’s still a lot for me to work on.”

Just four games into the season Doty replaced Simmons’ position in the team’s starting lineup, but Simmons, who is now a sophomore, understands exactly why the reigns were given over to Doty.

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Mizzou pounds Mississippi State for first round win of season, 78-36

By Mathew Fairburn

As the time drained off the clock in the second half of Missouri’s 78-36 win over Mississippi State, a sense of relief spread across the Tiger bench. The team’s six-game road losing streak had finally come to an end.

For weeks, the Tigers have fielded questions regarding the team’s struggles on the road. After back-to-back road losses at LSU and Texas A&M by a combined five points that pushed Missouri’s road record to 0-4 in the SEC, the team was all out of answers.

As it turned out, the answer was in Starkville, Miss., where the Bulldogs had lost eight straight games and came into Wednesday’s contest with a 2-8 record in conference.

Missouri (18-6, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) took advantage early, storming out to a 14-0 lead, holding Mississippi State (7-16, 2-9) scoreless for nearly 10 minutes of play to start the game.

“I thought our kids played hard and played well defensively,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said. “That was the difference. We haven’t been doing that.”

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