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Severe knee injury ends season of Duke starter

Duke will be without its sophomore starting point guard for the remainder of the season.

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Injuries. There never seems to be a good time for them to occur, especially during March when your team is on the hunt for a deep tournament run. Saturday, during Duke’s first game of the tournament, they lost their starting point guard Kyra Lambert after she went down with an injury to her knee in the second quarter.

Not only did Lambert not return to the game, she came back to the Blue Devil’s bench on crutches after being evaluated by the medical staff.

Lambert will undergo an MRI to get a better understanding of her injury, however, her head coach already stated the injury will keep Lambert on the sidelines.

“Kyra is out for a long time. I really, really feel bad for Kyra, it was very random. She got hit in a trap,” stated head coach Joanne P. McCallie to the Duke Chronicle.

Lambert has been the primary ball handler for Duke all season and also is their fourth-leading scorer on the team.

Despite the loss of Lambert, the Blue Devils do have Lexie Brown who can run the point position. During Duke’s game against Hampton, Faith Suggs also played time running the offense after Lambert went down.

“I’ll have to take more of the point guard responsibilities,” Brown said to the Chronicle. “We’re most successful when I’m running the point and Becca is on the wing. We want to stick to what we’ve been doing all season long and this gives us a little extra motivation, playing for your teammate that’s down.”

Duke is set to play Oregon on Monday for a chance to advance to the Sweet 16.