411OnTheForty: Get to know Kyra Lambert

02 Sep By

Kyra Lambert is a point guard for the women's basketball team, and enters her first year at Texas as a graduate transfer from Duke. Lambert will compete for the team's starting point guard spot after Sug Sutton left to play in the WNBA. Lambert has two years of NCAA eligibility remaining.

While a sophomore at Duke, point guard Kyra Lambert tied the Blue Devils' single-game record for assists when she handed out 13 helpers in her first career double-double at North Carolina (photo courtesy of goduke.com).

3 Facts:

  1. While she comes to Texas by way of Duke, Lambert is a native Texan, having grown up in San Antonio and attending Samuel Clemens High School for the final two years of her prep career. She transferred there to be a part of the school's International Baccalaureate program, even though it meant sacrificing one year of varsity basketball.
  2. Her No. 15 jersey was retired by Clemens following her graduation in 2015. There, she was an All-State selection and the nation's No. 9 recruit according to ESPN.
  3. There was a chance Lambert would never play college basketball again, after having suffered two anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and enduring three surgeries following her sophomore year at Duke. But she came back last season after over two years of absence.

2 Accomplishments:

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  1. Always a standout in the classroom, both in high school, where she graduated 12th in her class, and at Duke, graduating with an interdepartmental degree in cultural anthropology and environmental science, Lambert was a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll on four occasions. She told Texassports.com in August that she plans to go into college coaching once her time as a player is over.
  2. As a sophomore at Duke, she tallied her first career double-double with 12 points and 13 assists at North Carolina, tying the program's single-game record for assists in a game. Lambert also hit at least one three-pointer in each of Duke's final 12 games of the 2019-20 season.

1 Quote:

On her goals for a career after basketball, as told to Texassports.com, "[I'd like to go into] college coaching and then hold a front office position for a professional franchise, or own my own sports company. Basketball has been a huge part of my life and my coaches have had the biggest influence on me. So I want to be a coach who is able to help guide, encourage and support young women so they grow both on and off the court."

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Riley Zayas is a high school freshman and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, his personal blog 360 Sports, and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website.