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Akula signs with Grand Canyon

Akula signs with Grand Canyon

Garden City, KS-Before she ever stepped foot on the Garden City Community College campus, Kavita Akula already had made history.

Once she signed a national letter of intent to play for the Broncbusters, the sparkplug guard became the first Indian-born player to ink with an American college.

"Kavita was the key to our success," former Garden City women's coach Nick Salazar said.

Akula's incredible journey continued on Monday when she signed to play at Grand Canyon University.

"It's been fun to watch her grow," Salazar said. "Kavita was not only a very good basketball player, but she was fantastic off the floor as well."

Akula lit up the Jayhawk Conference during her first season in brown and gold. As a freshman, Akula averaged 8.7 points on nearly 40 percent shooting. She was 89th in the nation in three-point percentage. In her second season, the star point guard broke the school record by hitting 9-of-13 3-pointers in a 65-50 win over Pratt on Dec. 10. In all, Akula fell a couple of triples shy of the breaking the program's all-time, career 3-point mark.

"She had an incredible career," Salazar said. "Kavita will go down as one of the best players to come through here."

Her numbers during her sophomore campaign: 8.9 points on 40 percent shooting, earned her a spot as an honorable mention on the All-Jayhawk team. As a freshman, Akula made 2nd-team all-conference.