Asked about Hand, OU coach Sherri Coale's eyes watered.
“I don't really know if I'm quite ready to talk about that one,” Coale said. “She just is one of those rare people that makes everything better because she's a part of it.
“Everything she does is with intention, and with purpose, and I admire that. I've been blessed to be around her for five years.”
Hartman started as a sophomore on Oklahoma's 2009-10 Final Four team, but she's spent most of her career in a reserve role.
Then just before last season — which was supposed to be her senior year — she tore her ACL, redshirted and chose to return for one more run.
Of her senior group, she said, “If a brick is thrown at us, we're just gonna get back up and keep going. If we have to be on the sideline, we're just gonna keep going. We're gonna cheer the people on the court on. It's never about ourselves, it's about our team and unity.”
OKLAHOMA VS. KANSAS
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lloyd Noble Center; Norman
TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722, Dish 445, DirecTV 679, U-verse 754/HD 1754)
Radio: KOKC-AM 1520, KREF-AM 1400
Three things to know
*Kansas has lost three straight games since its 81-71 win over Oklahoma on Feb. 17. The OU-Kansas all-time series is even at 29-29.
*Oklahoma enters having lost four of its last five games, including back-to-back blowout defeats against Oklahoma State and Baylor.
*Senior Jasmine Hartman, usually a reserve, will start Saturday's game as part of the Senior Night celebration. Sophomore guard Sharane Campbell has started 19 games this season, averaging 9.3 points and 4.2 rebounds.