Los Angeles Sparks Sign Karlie Samuelson to a Hardship Contract  

LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2023) – The Los Angeles Sparks announced today the signing of Karlie Samuelson to a hardship contract. 

Samuelson’s most recent WNBA season was in 2022 with the Phoenix Mercury on a hardship contract. In 2021, she played with the Los Angeles Sparks where she started in three of 11 games played. She averaged 3.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and shot 47.8% from three-point range.  

She has played in 42 total WNBA games for the Los Angeles Sparks, Seattle Storm, Dallas Wings, and Phoenix Mercury. 

The Sparks tip-off the 2023 WNBA season on May 19 at Crypto.com Arena against the Phoenix Mercury at 8 pm PT on ESPN. 

About the Sparks 

Founded in 1996, the Los Angeles Sparks are one of three original franchises in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Sparks have won three WNBA Championships (2001, 2002, 2016), have qualified for the playoffs in 20 of their 24 seasons and remain the only active team in the league to win back-to-back titles. The Los Angeles Sparks are dedicated to ensuring each home game at Crypto.com Arena has a championship level entertainment experience while showcasing the best female athletes from around the world on the court.