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. 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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