Ashtyn Veerbeek shoots

Ashtyn Veerbeek puts up a shot at the state tournament while playing for Western Christian High School.

SIOUX CENTER—Ashtyn Veerbeek had two largely successful years at the University of Nebraska, but she missed being around family and friends.

As a result, she has announced she will transfer to Dordt University in Sioux Center and join the Defender women’s basketball squad.

Veerbeek is eligible to join the team as soon as she enrolls. She will have two years of eligibility remaining.

The Defenders are coached by Bill Harmsen, Veerbeek’s former coach at Western Christian High School in Hull.

“Ashtyn is an individual with high moral character that will fit perfectly into the Dordt community and the Defender Way,” Harmsen said. “Ashtyn had a highly decorated high school career at Western Christian as well as a strong two-year run at the University of Nebraska. Ashtyn’s ability on the basketball floor will be seen immediately, and her strong personality to influence her teammates, future recruits and the Dordt community for Christ will be felt.”

Veerbeek is a 6-foot-2-inch forward who graduated from Western Christian in 2018. She averaged 7.4 points per game with 4.3 rebounds as a starter for the Huskers this season. She was a top reserve and averaged 6.9 points per game with 5.5 rebounds per contest as a freshman.

“I’m looking forward to being back in my home town and seeing the familiar faces who have supported me throughout my high school career and college,” Veerbeek said. “It will be fun having them there to see me live.”

Veerbeek had a decorated high school career for the Wolfpack, scoring 25.8 points per game as a senior while grabbing 14.4 rebounds and she had 86 blocks. She converted 52.2 percent of her field-goal attempts and 34.7 percent of her three-point basket attempts as a senior.

During the 2017 season Veerbeek scored 22.8 points per game with 11.1 rebounds and she was named the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Class 2A Player of the Year at the conclusion of the season.