Hometown: San Diego, CA
Previous School: Santana High School
College: Kaila is a sophomore forward out of San Diego, Calif. She took a medical red shirt last year after a season-ending ACL tear. The Lady Red Hawks will look to Kaila to bring veteran experience and leadership as well as skill in the post position. Her defense and rebounding is key to the Simpson team.
High School: Smith attended Santana High School, where she played four years of basketball, field hockey, and lacrosse. She made All League teams and won multiple tournament awards on the basketball court. She won numerous defensive and offensive awards for lacrosse and field hockey as well.
Personal: Smith has been playing basketball since she was in the fifth grade. At that time, she swore she would never play and then finally gave in and decided to try it. Her favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant because he has played through injury, drama, people hating on him and still comes out on top. Kaila’s favorite part about basketball is the rush that comes with it. She loves how it can take her mind off everything else and the competitive aspect. “I like the challenge. It’s you against yourself and you against another girl. I love defense and not letting my girl score,” she says.
She describes Simpson basketball as a diverse group of personalities all coming together to change what people think. “We are willing to sacrifice everything we have, our bodies, our time, everything, just to be winners,” she says.
A fun fact about Smith is that she holds the San Diego lacrosse record for times being carded and removed from a game. Smith is the daughter of Nigel and Kerri Smith and has one older brother, Dominique. Off the court she enjoys listening to music and going to the beach. She is a psychology and communication major with a minor in Spanish. Her career goal is to be a psychologist and work within the prison system, helping at-risk youth or inmates.
Reason for coming to Simpson: "I came to Simpson to play basketball and strengthen my relationship with the Lord."