Four-time Big East freshman of the week Sydney Lamberty has started for the Creighton women’s basketball team since mid-December. Just 22 games into her collegiate career, Lamberty has become one of the top players on the Bluejay squad.
The Cottage Grove, Minnesota native has started 17 of the Bluejays’ 22 games this season and is the team’s third-leading scorer, averaging 9.7 points per game.
Going into fall practice, Lamberty projected that she would contribute to the team as a role player this season.
On Nov. 29, in a game at No. 14 California, Lamberty cracked the starting lineup for the first time in her Bluejay career. She scored 11 points, had three assists and grabbed three rebounds. She has started every game since.
Lamberty has led Creighton in scoring during four games so far this season, including a career-high 20-point performance against the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 20.
Assistant coach Carrie Moore said one of the main reasons Lamberty has found early success in her Creighton career is because of
“She’s steady both on and off the floor,” Moore said. “She is there to do her job, and she’s consistent. You kind of know what you are going to get from her, and from a coaching standpoint, that is nice to have.”
Junior guard Tessa Leytem said that Lamberty has impacted the team tremendously because of her consistency and her ability to stay poised at all times.
“You can count on her to just be Syd and do what she does best,” Leytem said. “You can never tell that she is nervous or worked up. Her turnover numbers are low, and she doesn’t get sped up; she has a quiet confidence.”
Lamberty leads the Jays with a 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.
In the early stages of her career, Lamberty said she has had to make a lot of adjustments in her game in order to stay up to the speed of
She has also worked on improving her defensive skills.
“Defense is one of the main things we focused on in individuals, learning to be a help player instead of just worrying about my player,” Lamberty said.
Some of her teammates have noticed that Lamberty has shown strides of improvement.
“I think the toughest adjustment for all the freshmen has been defensively because everybody is bigger, faster and stronger,” fellow freshman Myah Mellman said. “I think she has adjusted well to the college game, probably the quickest out of all of us [freshmen].”
The 5-foot-10-inch guard has 22 steals and five blocks.
While Lamberty said she has had to make the most improvements in her game on the defensive side of the ball since starting her career at Creighton, Moore offered a different perspective. Moore said she believes it’s her three-point shot that has improved most from when she first stepped on campus in the fall.
“I watched her a lot in high school, and she was very reluctant to shoot the 3,” Moore said. “She was a driver; she didn’t settle and liked to get to the rim. Now she is shooting the 3 just as much as she is driving it, if not more. I think she has grown more confident in her jump shot and is looking to shoot it way more than she ever was.”
Lamberty is third on the team with 29 3-pointers and shoots 35 percent from beyond the arc. Overall, the freshman guard is shooting 39 percent from the field with 76 field goals.
She has nine games with more than 10 points, and has one double-double.
The Bluejays are currently 12-10 overall and have posted a 5-6 record in Big East Conference play.
“I think we are in [a] good position,” Lamberty said. “Things are finally starting to click after the Marquette game. Obviously, we aren’t exactly where we want to be, but I think we figured out some of our weaknesses and where we need to focus.”
Lamberty and the rest of the Bluejays are back in action Friday night in Queens, New York to take on St. John’s (15-6, 6-4 Big East).