LOS ANGELES (July 4, 2022) – The Los Angeles Sparks announced today the signing of guard Kianna Smith to a 7-Day contract. The Sparks are signing Smith after being granted a hardship exception. Smith will be available for today’s game at Crypto.com Arena against the Phoenix Mercury at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN.
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.
The Sparks host the Mercury today and next play the Seattle Storm on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
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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 25 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. LA Sparks 2022 season tickets are available here for purchase.