One bright spot for Oklahoma — especially moving forward — was sophomore guard Sharane Campbell’s performance. The former Star Spencer High standout scored a game-high 22 points.
“My first Sweet 16 and I got to come home,” Campbell said. “It was just an amazing feeling. I want to do it again. I am going to do it again. We’re going to do it again.”
Two of Oklahoma’s four seniors — guard Whitney Hand and forward Lyndsey Cloman — missed most or all of the season with injuries.Campbell spoke at length after the game about the specific things she learned from each departing teammate.
“After the game, I realized these seniors taught me something,” Campbell said.
“Whitney Hand taught me how to be a leader on the court. Lyndsey taught me how to play with emotion. (McFarland) taught me how to be tough, crash, rebound, want the ball. (Hartman) taught me how to love defense.
“I’m going to be a junior, but I’m going to show all my teammates that we can do this. I’m going to take this role as being one of the leaders and try to bring us back here, bring us further. I think next year is going to be great. I can’t wait.”