Oklahoma women's basketball: Sooners return three starting guards next season

Here's an early look at next season's OU women's team. Most of the players who made the biggest impacts in 2012-13 will return next season, including all three starting guards — Sharane Campbell, Aaryn Ellenberg and Morgan Hook.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 4, 2013
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photo - OU / CELEBRATION: Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg (3) and Sharane Campbell (24) celebrate as West Virginia's Christal Caldwell (1) and West Virginia's Bria Holmes (23) walk off the court after the Big 12 tournament women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and West Virginia at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Saturday, March 9, 2012. Oklahoma won 65-64.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OU / CELEBRATION: Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg (3) and Sharane Campbell (24) celebrate as West Virginia's Christal Caldwell (1) and West Virginia's Bria Holmes (23) walk off the court after the Big 12 tournament women's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and West Virginia at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Saturday, March 9, 2012. Oklahoma won 65-64. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

— The Oklahoma women's basketball team fought through four season-ending injuries to make a surprising run in the NCAA Tournament, losing Sunday's Sweet 16 contest to Tennessee. The Sooners finished with a 24-11 record.

Most of the players who made the biggest impacts in 2012-13 will return next season, including all three starting guards — Sharane Campbell, Aaryn Ellenberg and Morgan Hook.

Here's an early look at next season's team.

WHO'S GONE

* F Lyndsey Cloman: Cloman missed the 2010-11 postseason with a back injury, then her entire junior season with a torn ACL. Before the 2012-13 season began, Cloman chose to end her playing career because of lingering back issues. Through her first two seasons, she appeared in 50 games, averaging 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds.

* F Joanna McFarland: McFarland had a breakout senior season. She started 29 games, averaging 9.9 points and 10.5 rebounds, both career highs. She also became an emotional leader for the team after the flurry of early season injuries. Her production, leadership and fire will be missed.

* G Whitney Hand: Hand's second ACL tear ended her playing career in early December. Despite that, the fan favorite remained an important team leader throughout Oklahoma's impressive 2012-13 Sweet 16 run. She leaves Norman ranking third in program history in minutes played per game, 19th in career scoring and fifth in 3-pointers made.

* G Jasmine Hartman: Hartman started on Oklahoma's 2009-10 Final Four team, but spent most of her OU career as a reserve. She played the best game of her career in the Sooners' Senior Night win over Kansas on March 2, when Hartman exploded for a career-high 18 points. For the season, though, she only averaged 1.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

WHO'S BACK

* G Sharane Campbell: The former Star Spencer standout led OU with 22 points in its Sweet 16 loss to Tennessee. Campbell started 25 games in 2012-13, averaging 10 points per game. She'll be a junior next season.

* G Aaryn Ellenberg: Ellenberg, an honorable mention selection to the AP's All-America team, led OU in scoring at 18.7 points per game. She holds Oklahoma program records for 3-pointers made in a season (115) and a career (284). The Las Vegas native enters her senior season needing 108 3-pointers to tie the NCAA's career record.

* G Morgan Hook: Hook is Oklahoma's point guard and was a team captain throughout the 2012-13 season. A first-half concussion forced her to miss most of OU's Sweet 16 loss, but she'll return for her senior year as part of an experienced, dangerous backcourt.

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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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