NORMAN — Four women's basketball players will be honored during Oklahoma's Senior Night celebration, which follows Saturday's game against Kansas.
Forward Joanna McFarland is the only one in the group that has made significant contributions on the court this season; she's started 22 games and leads the team in rebounding.
Here is more on the other three senior Sooners who will be celebrated Saturday night.
Cloman missed the 2010-11 postseason with a back injury, then missed her entire junior season with a torn ACL. She was named a captain before this season, but her lingering back problems became too much, and she chose to stop playing entirely.
“It's definitely a learning process,” Cloman said. “Just learning to see basketball in the eyes of a coach instead of the eyes of a player. I think most of all, I learned how to be a better leader for my team as a captain.”
Over her freshman and sophomore seasons, she started two games but appeared in 50, averaging 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds.
Whitney Hand tore her first ACL five games into the 2009-10 season, and needed a 401-day rehabilitation before returning to action. Then, in the Sooners' ninth game this season, she tore her other ACL.
“You can always expect a lot of emotion with me; I cry about everything,” Hand said with a laugh Friday, when asked about Senior Night.
“It is emotional because you've invested so much, and it's the last time you'll be in the gym. It's bittersweet. You're joyful that you get to be here, and you're sad that you're leaving.”
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.