Former MRA standout Amber Landing transfers to Southern Miss - - Jackson, MS

Former MRA standout Amber Landing transfers to Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG ( Southern Miss women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis announced Thursday the signing of transfer Amber Landing from the University of Arkansas Little Rock.

Landing, a 6-foot-3 forward from Sharon, Miss. saw limited action her freshman year for the Trojans. She appeared in eight games and made one start for the program.

We are excited to have Amber join our Lady Eagle family,” said McNelis. “We recruited Amber out of high school and felt like she could help our program. Amber has good size with length we need to help us inside. She possesses an uncanny ability to block shots. Coach Chatman, our strength coach will become Amber's best friend as he will help her develop strength and enhance her agility.”

Landing played high school basketball for five seasons at Madison-Ridgeland Academy as a forward and center. She is no stranger to success as she won four consecutive Mississippi Division 1 state championships in high school. She received All-State and All-Division honors along with making the All-State Tournament team multiple times. She averaged 13.5 points, eight rebounds and six blocks per game through her junior year.

“Every opportunity gives one an opportunity to grow,” said Landing. “I learned much from UALR and I know I will make a giant leap in learning from Coach McNelis and her staff. I am excited about being close to home so my family can be a part of my college experience. Thanks to Coach McNelis and her staff for allowing me to be apart of The Lady Eagle Family.”

Along with success on the court, Landing excelled in the classroom graduating high school with honors, a 4.17 grade point average, and membership in the National Honor Society. She is a biology major and plans to go to medical school.

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