“My coach always told me, ‘You've got a good stance, but you don't move very well,'” Hartman said. “I came into the role. My sophomore year, we had to take on different roles, and my role was defense.”
She started the first 12 games of her junior season, but resumed a reserve role once Hand returned from the first of her two severe knee injuries at OU; the second ended her career early this season.
In the preseason before the 2011-12 season — supposed to be her senior year — Hartman tore her ACL, redshirted and came back for one more season.
So far this year, Hartman has only averaged 15.8 minutes and 1.3 points per game.
“Her teammates depend on her,” said OU coach Sherri Coale. “They know when she comes in, she can take the lead perimeter player for the other team and lock them down.”
Hand said she thinks the team's younger players have learned a lot from Hartman's perpetually good attitude.
“How to practice, and how to be the same every day,” Hand said. “That's what I take from her. If she's in a bad mood, she keeps it to herself. If something bad happens, she just rolls with it.
“That's important in this sport because stuff happens all the time. You're dealing with something every single day. It goes so fast, you can't be affected by much. Nothing's a huge deal, and I hope the young kids are learning that.”