Oklahoma finished with its lowest point total of the season in Sunday's 74-59 regional semifinal loss to Tennessee.
It was the first time since Feb. 13, 2012 that Oklahoma's women failed to score 60 points. On that day, OU lost 73-55 to Connecticut.
COALE PRAISES SENIORS
Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said on every door entering the team's locker room, the phrase, “Leave your story better than you found it,” is printed.
“It's what we challenge our kids to do, every single class that comes through,” Coale said, adding that her four 2012-13 seniors — Lyndsey Cloman, Whitney Hand, Jasmine Hartman and Joanna McFarland, did just that.
Hand and Cloman were injured for most of the season, but remained strong emotional leaders.
“They're two guys that, they don't get to play any more, they show up every day, they stay invested,” Coale said. “That is so hard. The easiest thing to do is just seal up, maybe be there, but not really be there. Those two guys were all in every day.”
HARTMAN PLAYS RECORD 143RD GAME
Hartman's final game at Oklahoma was the 143rd of her career, an Oklahoma school record.
OU's previous games-played record was held by guard Danielle Robinson, who appeared in 141 games from 2007-10.
Hartman played 36 minutes Sunday, working mostly in place of starting point guard Morgan Hook, who left with concussion-like symptoms early in the loss.
Hartman finished the game with two points and eight rebounds.
Coale on the 2012-13 Sooners:
“I have loved coaching them, and I am so sad that I don't get to coach them tomorrow.”
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant watched the Oklahoma-Tennessee game in his home arena, sitting just behind the Sooners' bench. ... McFarland recorded her 13th double-double of the season Sunday, finishing with 14 points and 16 rebounds. She ends her career with 910 rebounds, ranking sixth in school history. ... Tennessee improved to 5-1 all-time against Oklahoma. Sunday's game was the two programs' first-ever postseason meeting. ... All eight Volunteers players who saw action Sunday made at least one basket.