Forgettable return to GVSU for Veach

It wasn't the welcome back party that Grand Haven graduate Emma Veach expected at Grand Valley State University Fieldhouse on Monday.
Nate Thompson
Dec 20, 2011

Veach, a former GVSU Laker who transfered to Michigan Tech following the 2009-10 season, faced her former team for the first time on Monday. Veach admitted it was a game that she wanted to win a little more than any other on the Huskies’ schedule, but that vision was squashed by a determined Lakers’ squad in a 66-40 blowout.

It was arguably Michigan Tech’s worst performance of the season, as the Huskies shot a frigid 27 percent from the floor (16-of-58), including a 3-of-23 night behind the 3-point line.

Michigan Tech, the defending national runners-up in Division II, has now lost back-to-back games in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. Ferris State defeated the Huskies on Sunday, 71-56.

Veach, a junior, had a nice night rebounding the basketball against the Lakers with a game-high 11, but was just 3-of-9 from the floor and totaled seven points in nearly 30 minutes of action.

Despite their recent struggles, Veach refuses to buy into the notion that the Huskies are in a transition year.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a rebuilding year,” said Veach, who sat out last year because she transfered to another school within the same conference. “We went to the national championship game last year after losing five starters. We still have a lot of great players and a lot who redshirted so they could get accustomed to the game. I don’t think it’s ever a rebuilding year necessarily. We expect a lot out of ourselves. We just haven’t played the way we can.”

Veach’s accomplishments at the prep level easily transitioned to the college game. She earned GLIAC Freshmen of the Year honors and first-team all-conference recognition during her first two seasons in Allendale and averaged double-figures in scoring each year.

But basketball started to feel more and more like a chore at GVSU, she said, instead of the game being fun. It became enough of a frustration that Veach decided transferring was her best option, despite her individual success at GVSU under head coach Janel Burgess.

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