Keke Veal Will Leave As One Of The Greats In UL Women’s Basketball History
Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun senior guard Keke Veal will finish her college basketball career as one of the best player to ever put on a Louisiana Ragin' Cajun uniform.
Veal, along with fellow seniors Kia Wilridge, Brooklyn Arceneaux, and Adrienne Prejean, will close out their regular season-careers this week, as Louisiana closes out their 2015-2016 regular season schedule, hosting Georgia St. on Thursday, and Georgia Southern on Saturday, at the Cajundome.
These four young women, all from the Acadiana area, have help turn the culture of the women's basketball program completely around.
Last season, the Cajuns won 23 games, and captured the Women's Basketball Invitational in the postseason, while racking up 18 wins this season, with two more regular season games, and the postseason, remaining.
A native of Opelousas, Veal, who attended St. Thomas More High School, has been a four-year starter for coach Garry Brodhead’s program.
In terms of points scored, Veal has poured in 1,511 career points, which ranks her third on the all-time scoring list.
The late, great, Kim Perrot ranks first on the list, with 2,157 career points, followed by Lisa Merritt, who ranks second, with 1,747 points.
Veal still has an outside chance at catching Merritt in the second spot.
The Cajuns have two regular season games left, plus the conference tournament, and then any games in the NCAA Tournament, Women's NIT, or WBI.
Veal, who is averaging 16.9 points-per-game this season, has averaged 28.0 points-per-game over has last three.
Again, an outside shot, but still a shot.
Veal is underrated as a scorer because she's never had the really big scoring year, where she's averaged 19.0 or 20.0 points, like a Perrot, Merritt, Aronji Johnson, or Anna Petrokova.
What she has been is a consistent scorer for all four years of her career, averaging double-digit points each season, and being the "go to" player on most occasions.
But scoring is not all Veal has done throughout her career.
In the assists department, Veal currently ranks 7th in school history in assists, with 263, 17 behind Cindy Vincent.
In career steals, with 248, Veal currently ranks third, 13 behind Merritt, who is in second place.
Ten years from now, when this program has taken yet another step or two, we're going to look back and realize how special this senior class is, and how good of an all-around player Keke Veal was for four years, ranking as one of the top ten UL women's basketball players of all-time.