LOS ANGELES (July 26, 2022) – The Los Angeles Sparks announced today the re-signing of guard Kianna Smith to a second 7-Day contract. Smith recently appeared in two regular season games for the Sparks on a 7-day contract, averaging 13.5 minutes per game. She contributed to the Sparks July 4 win over the Mercury with three rebounds, two assists and a steal off the bench in eight minutes. Against Seattle on July 7, she scored her first WNBA basket.
The Sparks drafted Smith out of Louisville in the second round of the 2022 WNBA Draft at No. 16 overall. She was waived prior to the regular season after appearing in both Sparks preseason games. The 6-foot combo guard was a standout at Louisville, where in two seasons after transferring from Cal-Berkeley, she averaged 11.7 points per game and shot 37% on 314 three-point attempts her junior and senior seasons.
Smith was a starter on the Cardinals team that reached the 2022 NCAAW Final Four. She scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in the Final Four matchup against the eventual champion South Carolina Gamecocks.