Arlington, TX (February 28, 2023) – The Dallas Wings have signed forward Kitija ‘Kit’ Laksa, the team announced today.
“Kit has established herself as a premier player in Europe, both in Italy and in EuroLeague play,” Dallas Wings President & CEO Greg Bibb stated. “She brings a high basketball IQ, the ability to play multiple positions, high-level international experience, and elite shooting to our team. I’m excited to see how her game translates in the WNBA and how she helps our club moving forward.”
Laksa currently is playing overseas with Bologna (Italy) and through 13 EuroLeague games this season, the 6’0 Latvian, is averaging 16.2 points and shooting 41.5% from beyond the arc. She was named the EuroLeague MVP for the Month of February after averaging 20 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
Laksa attended the University of South Florida and was one of the school’s most prolific scorers in program history as she finished sixth on the all-time scoring list (1,715 points), third in career points per game (17.8), first in free throw percentage (89.6%) and second in three-point field goal percentage (39.1%). As a junior with the Bulls in 2018-19, Laksa was named to the American Athletic All-Conference First Team after starting 34 games and averaging 21.1 points, which was second best in The American. During her junior campaign, Laksa led the NCAA in free-throw shooting percentage (96.5%) and was the only player in NCAA DI to record two 40-point performances and scored at least 30 points in five games and at least 20 points in 18 games.
Laksa was originally drafted into the WNBA in 2020 by the Seattle Storm with the 11th overall selection in the first round.