Oklahoma senior Whitney Hand still struggles with the why of her second ACL tear, which ended her college basketball career in December.
“I think every day you battle it, honestly,” Hand said. “I think every day you wake up and think, ‘Gosh dangit. This is happening. This is real life, not a nightmare.'
“But injuries happen. ... It's not an attack against anyone, it just happens. You have to own that, or you're not gonna survive it.”
Hand will watch what should've been the final regular-season Bedlam game of her career from the bench Saturday, when her teammates meet Oklahoma State inside Gallagher-Iba Arena at 2 p.m.
Hand tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee five games into the 2009-10 season, requiring a 401-day rehabilitation. Then in Oklahoma's ninth game this season, she tore her other ACL.
Hand completes her master's degree in May, and said she has no idea where her career will take her. Some of that, of course, depends on where her husband Landry Jones' NFL career leads them.
“I want to pursue nutrition eventually, but I'm kinda wanting to do some broadcasting right now, just to see if I like it,” Hand said. “So we'll see. I don't know where it's gonna go.”
Hand spoke with The Oklahoman about Bedlam, her rehabilitation and her role with the team this season.
This would've been your last Bedlam game; will it be tough to watch at all?
“Not any tougher than any other game. Every game kinda stinks, honestly, just knowing that you should be playing and you can't.