NORMAN — Every fan in attendance rose to applaud Whitney Hand as she left the Lloyd Noble Center court for what will probably become the final time of her Oklahoma career.
Hand wept in pain while she was helped off the court; she left the arena for an MRI at halftime of the Sooners’ gritty 71-68 win over North Texas.
After the game, an OU spokesman confirmed that Hand had torn her anterior cruciate ligament.
“I’ve never met a kid who loves to compete and play this game more than Whitney,” OU coach Sherri Coale said. “The fact that she is denied that, and has to endure again, is really hard for all of us to accept and understand.”
Hand has struggled with knee injuries before; she completed a 401-day rehabilitation after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee early in the 2009-10 season.
Senior Joanna McFarland recorded a double-double Thursday, with her 12 points and 11 rebounds; junior Nicole Griffin led all Sooner scorers with 15 points.
Oklahoma trailed North Texas 30-27 at halftime.Send a get-well wish to the OU senior