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.

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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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