Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball coach Krista Gerlich announced the signing of transfer Tatum Veitenheimer on Tuesday. A junior, Veitenheimer played the first three seasons of her collegiate career at Oklahoma.
"Tatum is the ultimate competitor, a winner in every sense," Gerlich said. "She is a pass-first point guard who relishes in elevating her teammates' games. She's unselfish to a fault sometimes, has extremely high basketball IQ, and is all gas no breaks. Tatum brings us lots of Big 12 experience and terrific on and off the court leadership. It's a great day for Lady Raider Basketball, and Lady Raider Nation will love watching her play!"
During her three years at Oklahoma, Veitenheimer appeared in 80 games for the Sooners while making 46 starts. The Windthorst, Texas, native is averaging 3.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game over the course of her career.
In 2021, Veitenheimer averaged 4.3 points per game, as well as a career-high 3.9 rebounds in 20 appearances. The guard also averaged career-best marks in three-point field goal percentage (.327) and free throw percentage (.800).
As a sophomore in 2019-20, Veitenheimer finished second on the team in steals and assists. She also finished eighth among Big 12 players in total steals and 12th in steals per game average. Her freshman season, Veitenheimer averaged 4.4 points, 2.7 and 2.5 rebounds per contest. Her 76 assists were the fifth-most in a single-season by an Oklahoma freshman.
Veitenheimer boasts career highs of 16 points (Dec. 17, 2020 vs. Drake), nine rebounds (March 7, 2021 vs. Kansas State), eight assists (Nov. 30, 2019 at Wichita State) and seven steals (Feb. 13, 2021 at West Virginia). Veitenheimer is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 first team selection, receiving the distinction for her work in the classroom each of the last two years.
Prior to Oklahoma, Veitenheimer attended Windthorst High School in Windthorst, Texas. Coming out of high school she was ranked the No. 8 point guard and No. 24 overall prospect by Prospect Nation. She scored 3,311 career points (24.7 per game) during her four-year career at Windthorst and was a four-time all-state selection by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
The two-time Red River 22 MVP averaged 25.7 points, 6.6 assists and 6.9 steals per game as a senior to cap off a career in which she led Windthorst to a 48-0 record in district play in four seasons. A multi-sport standout, Veitenheimer also lettered in volleyball, softball, tennis, cross country and track during her high school career, and earned all-state honors in volleyball and softball.