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Oklahoma basketball: Nicole Kornet talks about Whitney Hand

Q&A: OU freshman played at the same high school as the senior, who was recently injured.
by Jason Kersey Published: December 15, 2012
/articleid/3738025/1/pictures/1908823">Photo - Oklahoma Sooners' Nicole Kornet (1) shoots guarded by Northwestern State Lady Demons' Breanna Fuller (11) as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooner women's college basketball team plays the Northwestern State Lady Demons at the Lloyd Noble Center on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooners' Nicole Kornet (1) shoots guarded by Northwestern State Lady Demons' Breanna Fuller (11) as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooner women's college basketball team plays the Northwestern State Lady Demons at the Lloyd Noble Center on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

I met her freshman year (of high school) because everyone talked about Whitney. I finally got to meet her, and just being in her presence ... Whitney is just a great person. I knew her a little bit, but not much.

When you were in middle school, did you ever watch her play?

I didn't go to Liberty in eighth grade, so I really had no idea coming into it. When I got there, people were saying, “Oh, there's another basketball player that's going to be just like Whitney.”

I was like, “Who is Whitney? I need to meet her.”

How big a deal is Whitney at Liberty Christian?

You walk the halls, and there are Whitney posters. Everyone talked to me, “Oh, you're going to Oklahoma with Whitney?”

Just the person she is, she leaves a mark wherever she goes.

How difficult is practice with only eight healthy players?

We can't do 5-on-5 things, and when we do switch off, there's always two people that have to stay in.

It gets tiring, definitely, but coach knows that and she's been helping us out, and cutting practice a little shorter. It's hard, but we're doing the best with what we've got.

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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NO. 12 OKLAHOMA VS. VANDERBILT

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman

TV: Fox Sports Plus (Cox 68/HD 715)

Radio: KOKC-AM 1520, KREF-AM 1400

Three things to know

*Senior Whitney Hand tore her ACL in the Dec. 6 win over North Texas, leaving OU with just eight healthy players.

*Sophomore Sharane Campbell got her first start of the season against North Texas; the former Star Spencer standout scored 11 points.

*The Sooners lost to the Commodores 78-66 during their Thanksgiving weekend tournament last season.

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