AUSTIN, Texas — Transfer guard Kyra Lambert has yet to play a game at Texas, and already she is being tabbed as one of the nation's best players after she was named Monday to the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list.
The award is given annually to the nation's top point guard. Lambert was one of just 20 players to be named to the preseason watch list.
The award recognizes the main qualities of Old Dominion's Nancy Lieberman: ball-handling, floor leadership and play-making, ingredients that contribute to a player becoming a top point guard.
A graduate transfer from Duke heading in to her sixth year of college basketball, Lambert is expected have those key qualities as she takes the floor for Texas this season. She was forced to sit out two seasons due to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, but made her return last fall, starting the final 21 games of the season for the Blue Devils and averaging 5.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
She is especially dangerous from behind the three-point arc. As a sophomore, she shot nearly 40 percent from three-point range, and last season, was just as good, shooting 34 percent. That marksmanship should benefit the Horns in their battle for the Big 12 title. Texas lost three starters from last year's squad, including two of its top five three-point shooters.
Texas fans can vote for Lambert beginning Friday, at hoophallwards.com. The three-stage process will conclude April 9, with the winner being selected out of a field of five finalists.
Lambert and the Longhorns start new head coach Vic Schaefer's tenure at Texas Nov. 25, when SMU comes to Austin.