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Riders sign Amber Smith

Leicester Riders have signed Amber Smith for the remainder of the 2020-2021 WBBL season. 

The Louisiana-native attended the University of Missouri and appeared in all 31 games as a senior averaging 11.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. During the 2019-2020 campaign, the 5’11 forward had a season-high and beast of double-double with 27 points, 15 rebounds and four assists. 

The three-year starter began her collegiate career as the 2017 SEC co-Freshman of the Year. She was also honoured as the 2019-2020 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List and finished 20th on the Missouri scoring list with 1,299 points.  

Prior to joining the Riders, Smith entered the 2020 WNBA draft, but went on to start her professional career in Greece. Unfortunately, due to the country lockdown, Smith was only able to play four games in the season.

“Amber is an undersized big that will create a lot of matchup troubles for our opponents” commented the WBBL Head Coach Jesper Sundberg. “She is a good facilitator from the post and will fit right into our team.”

“Defensively her ability to defend players in the post and away from the basket gives us options to make in-game adjustments”.

Smith joins Azania Stewart as the newest members of the Leicester Riders WBBL team after the departure of Kate Oliver and Sara Hinriksdottir. 

Photo credits: Missouri Athletics