Kianna Smith, who would have been one of just two returning starters for Cal next season, announced on Twitter Wednesday that she plans to transfer.
A high school McDonald's All-American, Smith was a starter as a freshman and this past season as a sophomore. She was fourth on the team in scoring this season, averaging 9.8 points per game. Smith shot 39.9 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from three-point range.
Smith had some of her best games against the best opponents. She had 16 points while going 4-for-6 on three-pointers in the win over Stanford. She collected 20 points and made 5 of 6 from deep against Oregon, and she had 18 points on 2-of-4 three-point shooting while playing all 40 minutes in the second-round NCAA Tournament loss to Baylor.
She scored 20 points in the first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Virginia last year as a freshman.
With Smith leaving, senior-to-be Jaelyn Brown will be the only returning starter next season. Second-team All-American Kristine Anigwe and guards Asha Thomas and Recee’ Caldwell all used their final year of college eligibility in the season that just ended.
The Bears had a disappointing season in 2018-19. They were ranked 24th in the AP preseason poll and rose as high as 13th when they started the season 9-0. But Cal went 11-13 the rest of the way, finishing at 20-13, including 9-9 in the Pac-12, and had to scramble at the end of the season to make the NCAA Tournament.