Kyley Simmons announces transfer from Missouri women's basketball team

Monday, April 1, 2013 | 8:22 p.m. CDT; updated 10:16 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 1, 2013
Missouri guard Kyley Simmons cheers for her teammate in the first half of the basketball game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday evening. Missouri beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 97-59.

COLUMBIA — Sophomore point guard Kyley Simmons will transfer from the Missouri women's basketball team, the team announced Monday. 

Simmons, a sophomore from Council Bluffs, Iowa, averaged 3.5 points per game in 24.5 minutes per game this season. She started in 27 of the Tigers' 32 games.

During her freshman year, Simmons had started all 32 games for Missouri, averaging just more than 36 minutes. 

This season, Simmons shared playing time with freshman Lianna Doty, who started 23 games at the point. Doty led the team in both assists and turnovers with 151 of each. She averaged 6.3 points and 25 minutes per game.

Simmons started the season as the starting point guard, but Doty joined the starting lineup in the third game of the season, pushing Simmons either to the bench or the shooting guard position.

After Doty's turnovers became an issue for the team, Missouri coach Robin Pingeton re-established Simmons as the starter for the Tigers' final seven games. 

Rock Bridge graduate Lindsey Cunningham, who redshirted the 2012-13 season because of an injury, will play as a redshirt freshman next year. Cunningham led Rock Bridge to the state title as a point guard and figures to be Doty's backup next season. 

In a news release, Simmons cited personal reasons for the transfer. 

“Missouri has been great for me these past two years, and it is a difficult decision to leave,” Simmons said in the release. “But, due to personal reasons, my family and I agree that it is in my best interest to continue my education and career elsewhere.”

Simmons did not indicate where she planned to transfer to.

Missouri finished 17-15 this season and lost in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. It was the first winning season and playoff appearance for the program since the 2006-07 season.

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