In this segment, Pro Athlete 360 sits down with Erika Lambert to discuss international women's basketball. She talks about her experiences, how to go overseas and play, and the differences that one can expect between overseas basketball and basketball here in the states. Erika Lambert has been coaching on the division one level now for a couple years. Lambert played for division one College of Charleston and was a college women’s basketball standout from 2004-2008. Lambert played in 100 games for the Lady cougars, 74 of those games she was a starter. She has 164 career blocks placing her second all time in the College of Charleston record books and her 290 field goals ranks her tenth all time in the history of College of Charleston women's basketball. She was one of the best athletes Pro Athlete 360 has ever seen play the game. Lambert scored over 700 points and ripped down over 400 rebounds for College of Charleston.
Her character and dedication to the game placed her as captain of the team both her junior and senior years. Once More, Lambert was a member of the Southern Conference All-Academic Honor Roll every single year she played. Lambert ended her senior year ranked 52nd in the country in blocked shots, with her 1.8 blocks per game, scored 26 points against Kennesaw State as her single game high in scoring, and had three career double doubles. Lambert was selected to play overseas basketball against international competition for Athletes and Action. She knows the game and knows what it takes to be successful.
Basketball Video Transcription:
One of the most valuable experiences I had as a college player was playing overseas. I had the opportunity to play with athletes in action in Spain one summer, so we competed in Madrid and Barcelona against some of the best international competition. It was really humbling just to see the differences in the international game.
The technical rules are different, they get an extra step, the lane is a different shape, the pace of the game is different, some of the refereeing is a little bit different so really just help me broaden my horizons in terms of basketball and you just had to be ready to play and up for anything. The facilities were different, you're just going on in courts that were more like something you would play summer AAU ball on back here in the states and so you really just had to be a player. It was a fun experience, I would just recommend that any opportunity you would get to play out of your comfort zone is going to make you better when you're in your comfort zone, so go ahead and take those as much as you can.
In a game situation, anything can happen, you never really know what the circumstances are going to be so you want to make sure that you make a habit to do things you can always control, and those things are offensive rebounding and defense. No matter what you're shooting looks like on a given night you can always crash the boards, because that's just about heart and it's about effort and no matter how your plays are going, whether the ball is going in or the plays are breaking down, you can always play defense and make sure that your player isn't the one to score. There are things in basketball that you can’t control, but you want to make sure that you're committed to the things that you can control. When you're in a game situation and the play breaks down, you need to really know yourself to know what to do at that point, are you the one that's going to take the ball one-on-one to the basket, or are you the one that has the job of creating space for somebody else to do that. You need to know if you're going to be the screener or the one who's going to take the shot.
Here's a tip for individual workouts. Anytime you doing a shooting drill, instead of just saying “okay I'm going to shoot 10 shots and then move to the next spot,” you want to make yourself make 7/10 shots before you move to the next spot. That way when you're in the drill and say you fall behind you really got to focus and put those shots in and rather than just getting them off. It's more important that you learn to shoot a good percentage at a good pace than just getting the shots off. It's always a good idea to keep track of your shooting percentages in your individual workouts or during a practice times just so they can keep track of your progress, but also hold yourself accountable to making the shots here taking and taking quality shots at game speed.
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