Oklahoma basketball: Jasmine Hartman thrives in reserve role

Jasmine Hartman's role with the Sooners has fluctuated, but she is now mostly a reserve guard and defensive stopper for the Oklahoma women's team.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 9, 2013

— Jasmine Hartman and Whitney Hand arrived as freshmen together at Oklahoma a little over four years ago.

Hand continues to be amazed at her classmate's growth and maturity over her career.

“She was an 18-year-old kid when she got here, and now she seems like a 40-year-old woman,” Hand said with a laugh. “She's wise beyond her years; a lot of that is because she's been through a lot while she's been here.”

Hartman had to learn to accept her role, which has fluctuated some but has mostly been as a reserve guard and defensive stopper for the Sooners, who host Bedlam rival Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. Sunday inside Lloyd Noble Center.

Accepting such a role is never easy for an eager, prideful freshman, but it had to be especially difficult for Hartman — a sophomore starter on Oklahoma's 2009-10 Final Four team.

“I think everything happens for a reason,” Hartman said. “I think God just has a plan for me, and being there for my teammates must be what I need to do.

“It's not just about me. It's about my teammates and making them better.”

Hartman's sophomore season was an important one in her career; aside from the 15 starts she earned, she scored a career-high 14 points in a March win over Oklahoma State.

That was also the season Hartman began to embrace the identity of a defensive ace.

Funny, because she admits not being very good on defense back at Bellaire High School in Houston.


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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