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.