DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University head women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie has announced a trio of captains for the 2017-18 campaign. Redshirt senior Lexie Brown, redshirt senior Rebecca Greenwell and junior Kyra Lambert were nominated by team members.
It will mark the second straight season Brown and Greenwell will captain the Blue Devils.
“It is a great, very experienced group,” said McCallie. “I do believe that everybody on this team can lead, but I also believe that Lexie, Rebecca and Kyra have shown great determination, work ethic, immediacy, intensity, leadership and all the intangibles. However, it is a growing thing. It is not a resume captain, not just somebody that gets it and relaxes on it. Yet, it is something that is growing and something that can help, not only with this team, but in the future with their careers.”
Brown and Greenwell return as one of the highest scoring backcourts in the nation averaging a combined 34.7 points a game and draining 156 three-pointers.
A product of Suwanee, Ga., Brown is coming off an All-America season where she averaged 18.3 points and dished a team-best 131 assists. She also drained 73 three-pointers and hit 92.8 percent from the charity stripe. Brown was rewarded with Associated Press All-America accolades along with First Team All-ACC honors.
Greenwell, who hails from Owensboro, Ky., drilled a team-best 83 three-pointers, while averaging 16.4 points and pulling down a team-best 6.4 rebounds a game. She earned First Team All-ACC accolades for the first time in her career, after receiving Second Team All-ACC honors as a sophomore. Greenwell is only 24 three-pointers away from matching the Duke career record.
A starting point guard for the Blue Devils each of her first two years, Lambert has developed into one of the best leaders on the squad. The Cibolo, Texas native averaged 7.8 points, 3.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals as she started all 33 contests. Lambert will be sidelined to start the season, after suffering a torn ACL in the NCAA Tournament this past March.
Duke will get started Oct. 22 with the annual Blue/White scrimmage and then will host Alaska Anchorage Sunday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m., for its final exhibition contest. The Blue Devils will open the regular season Sunday, Nov. 12 at Grand Canyon.