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Oklahoma basketball: Nicole Kornet talks about Whitney Hand

Q&A: OU freshman played at the same high school as the senior, who was recently injured.
by Jason Kersey Published: December 15, 2012

— Whitney Hand arrived as an Oklahoma freshman in 2008 from Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas.

That same year, Nicole Kornet began her high-school freshman season at Liberty.

Kornet, now an Oklahoma freshman herself, had looked forward to playing at least one season with Hand before her career-ending ACL tear last week.

Kornet, a 6-foot-1 guard, started her first career game Nov. 30 against Northwestern State (La.) and scored 19 points. For the season, she's averaging 6.1 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Kornet chatted with The Oklahoman after Saturday's practice about Hand's legacy and the team's sudden lack of depth.

Sunday, No. 12 Oklahoma (8-1) hosts Vanderbilt inside Lloyd Noble Center at 2 p.m.

Q: Because you come from the same high school, do you feel a responsibility to carry on Whitney's legacy?

A: I wanted to play with her so bad. We had the one year difference, but she did redshirt a year, so I thought it would be awesome to play with her. That made watching her go down hurt even worse.

But I know how much these fans love her. We come from the same background, so I want to just push harder for her.

Did you know Whitney at all growing up?

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman

TV: Fox Sports Plus (Cox 68/HD 715)

Radio: KOKC-AM 1520, KREF-AM 1400

Three things to know

*Senior Whitney Hand tore her ACL in the Dec. 6 win over North Texas, leaving OU with just eight healthy players.

*Sophomore Sharane Campbell got her first start of the season against North Texas; the former Star Spencer standout scored 11 points.

*The Sooners lost to the Commodores 78-66 during their Thanksgiving weekend tournament last season.


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