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Monday, Feb. 26, 2024
The Observer

Kathryn Westbeld signs training camp contract with Los Angeles Sparks

Former Irish forward Kathryn Westbeld signed a training camp contract with the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday.

Westbeld was a three-year starter for the Irish and played through injuries her junior and senior seasons, serving as a captain her senior year. She finished her career with 1,076 total points, averaging 7.6 points per game, and scoring a career-high 284 points during her final season.

Former Irish forward Kathryn Westbeld attempts a layup during Notre Dame's 91-89 overtime win over UConn in the Final Four on March 30 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

She also posted a career-high field goal percentage of 0.592 her senior year. She finished her career with 731 rebounds, grabbing 206 boards over the course of the 2017-18 season for an average of 5.57 rebounds per game.

Westbeld scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds in Notre Dame’s national championship win over Mississippi State on April 1, playing 31 minutes in the contest despite dealing with an ankle injury which kept her sidelined for most of the team’s first two games in the tournament.

The Kettering, Ohio, native will join Natalie Achonwa, Lindsay Allen, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Jewell Loyd, Kayla McBride and Devereaux Peters as former Irish players currently on WNBA rosters.