DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University head women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie has announced the team’s four captains for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Redshirt junior Kyra Lambert, redshirt junior Haley Gorecki, redshirt senior Sofia Roma and senior Faith Suggs were selected.
“Kyra, Haley, Sofia and Faith have been leaders both on and off the court,” said McCallie. “They understand our commitment to academic and athletic excellence as well as our program philosophies relative to making the right choices in life. They lead by example as well as vocally. Their ability to empower and motivate others is their greatest strength.”
Lambert will look to lead this new group of captain, but will have to do so from the sideline for the second straight season. The 5-9 guard suffered another knee injury in the preseason and had surgery Nov. 1 to repair her MCL and reconstruct her ACL in her left knee. A native of Cibolo, Texas, Lambert had started all 33 games as a sophomore, averaging 7.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.7 steals, before tearing her ACL in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
A veteran Blue Devil out of Flossmoor, Ill., Suggs has appeared in 92 games across her Duke career. One of just two seniors on the Blue Devils roster, Suggs saw action in 31 games as a junior and earned a start in all three of Duke’s NCAA Tournament games. In the Blue Devils’ first round victory against Belmont, she recorded a season-high 29 minutes and a career-high eight rebounds. Arguably the most experienced player on the active roster, Suggs is a solid defender and will be counted on to help lead one of the younger Blue Devils teams in recent memory.
Hailing from Palatine, Ill., Gorecki is coming off a breakout 2017-18 campaign with the Blue Devils. As a sophomore, the talented guard averaged 11.0 points and 3.9 rebounds, while tallying 66 assists and an impressive 30 steals. After earning a spot in the starting lineup one month into the season, Gorecki scored 20 points on Dec. 10 against Winthrop, shooting 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. Across a span of 11 contests to follow, she averaged 17.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.8 steals. Also during this time, Gorecki responded admirably to the limelight, posting a 29-point game against North Carolina and a 28-point showing against Virginia Tech. More than capable from the three-point line, she shot 42.3 percent from downtown in 2017-18 for a total of 44 threes.
A native of Richmond Hill, N.Y., Roma is a graduate student at the Duke FUQUA School of Business and has appeared in 12 contests with the Blue Devils since transferring in 2016. Saddled with knee problems to start her Duke career, Roma got healthy late last season and provided a spark off the bench. The 6-2 post player was able to get valuable experience over the summer training with the Puerto Rico National Team.
Duke will open the 2018-19 campaign Sunday, Nov. 11 as the Blue Devils travel to Evanston, Ill., to take on Northwestern at 2 p.m. (ET). It will mark homecoming for Suggs and Gorecki.