Ireland Lambrecht aims to provide a perimeter spark for the Waldorf University women’s basketball team during the next stage of her career.
Lambrecht, a 5-foot-9 senior shooting guard from Belle Plaine High School in Belle Plaine, Minn., signed a letter of intent with the Warriors on April 23. She’s looking to bounce back from an injury that sidelined her during the final season of her high school hoops career.
“Unfortunately, Ireland is coming off a senior campaign where she didn’t see much action due to having a broken arm,” Waldorf coach Katie Schutjer said. “She was a proven outside shooter for her team in the 2015-16 season and we are looking forward to her being able to provide us with some of that outside shooting next season.”
A four-year varsity starter and letter winner at Belle Plaine, Lambrecht appeared in eight games before a season-injury as a senior. She produced for the Tigers as a junior, ranking second in scoring, rebounding and assists as she averaged 8.9 points, five boards and 1.7 assists a game. Lambrecht also averaged 1.2 steals while starting 21 games.
Aside from achieving success on the basketball court, Lambrecht also put together accomplished golf and tennis careers throughout high school. A four-time all-Minnesota River Conference (MRC) selection, Lambrecht competed in the Class AA state golf tournament during the 2013 and 2016 seasons. She also qualified for the 2016 state tournament in tennis and earned all-conference honors the past three years.
Stepping onto the court at the collegiate level is a dream that Lambrecht will achieve when she suits up for the Warriors this winter.
“I have always wanted to play basketball in college, so I am blessed and excited to able to continue my basketball career in college,” Lambrecht said.
Lambrecht is the daughter of John and Sheila Lambrecht. She will study biology at Waldorf. Lambrecht said the university’s welcoming faculty and staff, biology program and basketball program led her to becoming a Warrior.
“When I first got to Waldorf University, everyone was welcoming and I loved the atmosphere here, as well as it has my degree program and it presented me with the opportunity to play basketball,” Lambrecht said.
The fourth member of Waldorf’s 2017-18 recruiting class, Lambrecht joins fellow Minnesotan Kayley Camerer, a center from New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (NRHEG) High School; Iowa Central Community College transfer Michaela Graffunder from Rockwell City and Union High School standout Kaeli Block from La Porte City.
The Warriors open the season on Oct. 27 against Nebraska Christian College in a 5 p.m. tipoff at Papillion, Neb. Lambrecht is expected to bring an all-out effort on and off the court at Waldorf.
“Ireland is a very hard worker, both on the court and with her academics,” Schutjer said. “She is a proven student, which will fit in well with the type of culture we have within our women’s basketball program. We are excited to have her as a Warrior next season.”