DURHAM, N.C. – For the second straight season, Duke University point guard Kyra Lambert will be sidelined as the redshirt junior reinjured her knee. She is expected to have surgery in November for a meniscal tear and to reconstruct her ACL in her left knee.
“I will not be playing this 2018-19 season due to having another knee surgery,” said Lambert. “This has been an extremely difficult and frustrating process, but I know that God has a plan. This is just another step in my journey.”
Lambert, who was named to the Nancy Lieberman Award watch list last week, was still going through rehab and had yet to be cleared for practices involving contact.
“Kyra experienced a very serious contact injury two years ago in the NCAA tourney,” said Duke head coach Joanne P. McCallie. “She has worked tirelessly to get back. Unfortunately, she cannot catch a break. She will undergo a third surgery and looks forward to her future opportunity to compete for one or two years more at Duke. We will pursue every opportunity for her. This year she will serve as a very valuable student coach and mentor. We are devastated for her and her family. But, we are emboldened by her spirit and fight.”
A native of Cibolo, Texas, Lambert had started 56-of-65 contests over her first two years prior to the injury in 2017, which was a freak contact injury in the NCAA Tournament first round against Hampton.
She started all 33 games as a sophomore, while averaging 7.8 points, 3.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals. Lambert was voted one of three captains for the 2017-18 campaign and one of four captains in 2018-19.
Lambert, who will graduate in May of 2018 with a degree in cultural anthropology and environmental science, still has two years of eligibility remaining.
“This is a special team and I am fully confident that this season will be great,” added Lambert. “I will continue to lead, encourage, and support my team in every way that I can. I sincerely thank the coaches, my team, athletic training staff, and everyone who has supported me through this time. I am trusting the process and looking forward to a strong recovery.”