By NEMCC Media Relations
BOONEVILLE – Amber Jackson made a splash during her one year at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Now, Jackson will carry on her conquest as a Lady Crusader at William Carey University in Hattiesburg during the 2012-13 season.
Jackson made it official when the Tupelo-native signed with William Carey during a ceremony held in the media room of the Haney Union on the Northeast Booneville campus Thursday, June 14.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity Coach (Brian) Alexander and Coach (Maurice) Stafford gave me at Northeast,” Jackson said. “I had a great experience and loved my teammates. I’m very excited to continue my education and basketball career at William Carey University.”
During the 2011-12 season, Jackson appeared in 22 games for the Lady Tigers and scored 340 points and was Northeast’s second-leading scorer on the team.
On the year, Jackson connected on 110-of-257 field goals – two-pointers and three-pointers combined – for a 43-percent average and was 89-for-110 from the charity stripe during her time in Booneville.
Jackson was also a force away from the basket for Northeast and pulled down 85 rebounds – 38 offensive and 47 defensive – an average of 3.86 a game.
With her 15.5 points per game, Jackson was the third leading scorer in the North Division behind teammate Anna Brooke Page (18.5) and Holmes’ Kierra Gilmore (16.8) and ranked in the Top 10 in scoring for the entire Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) for the 2011-12 season.
Jackson was also a defensive threat for the Lady Tigers in 22 games, the former Golden Wave standout pilfered 29 steals and led Northeast to a first round appearance in the MACJC State Tournament in Fulton.
“This is a great day for Amber,” said first-year Northeast women’s head basketball coach Brian Alexander. “She has worked hard as a student and player and has really matured as a person.”
During her prep career at Tupelo High School, Jackson was a double all-star appearing in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game at the Pelham Civic Complex in Pelham, Alabama as well as the 45th Annual Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) All-Star Basketball Game at A.E. Wood Coliseum in Clinton.
With her selection to Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game, Jackson was the only femaleathlete from northeast Mississippi on the roster and just one of four athletes from the north to make the squad.
Jackson’s all-star game teammates featured players from North and South Panola, Greenville as well as Raymond, Natchez, Scott Central, Northeast Lauderdale, Harrison Central and Clinton.
Jackson helped lead the Tupelo Golden Wave basketball team to nearly 40 wins her final two years and was a member of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal All-Area team multiple times during her prep career.
During her varsity campaign, Jackson averaged double digits while leading the Golden Wave at the charity stripe with a 77-percent free throw percentage including a 12-for-12 showing against Hattiesburg on December 28, 2009.
Jackson, who was nominated for a McDonald’s All-American status, originally signed with Itawamba Community College out of high school before joining the Lady Tigers for the 2011-12 season.
William Carey University finished the 2011-12 season 15-15 overall and 9-9 in the Southern States Athletic Conference. The NAIA school ended the season in the quarterfinals of the Southern States Athletic Conference basketball tournament in Rome, Ga.