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Oklahoma women's basketball: Joanna McFarland focused on beating Kansas — and then Senior Night

Asked about Senior Night, the Sooner star's response immediately shifted to Kansas, which routed the Sooners two weeks ago and visits Norman for a 7 p.m. tipoff Saturday.
by Jason Kersey Published: March 1, 2013

NORMAN — After the final buzzer Saturday night, four Oklahoma players will be honored before walking off the Lloyd Noble Center court for the last time.

One of them — the senior OU coach Sherri Coale calls the “most competitive kid I've ever been around — wasn't eager Friday to talk about Senior Night just yet.

Asked about it, forward Joanna McFarland's response immediately shifted to Kansas, which routed the Sooners two weeks ago and visits Norman for a 7 p.m. tipoff Saturday.

“Hopefully, it's a blowout in our favor,” McFarland said. “I don't know what to expect. I think it'll be a little bittersweet, obviously, with it being the last game.

“I just hope that we can take care of business before Senior Night starts.”

Both McFarland and guard Jasmine Hartman — usually a reserve — will start Saturday; OU's other two Senior Night honorees, Whitney Hand and Lyndsey Cloman, will watch from the bench, where injuries have forced them to stay virtually the entire season.

As Oklahoma's roster suffered injury after devastating injury throughout the early part of this season, McFarland remained a constant force, leading the team in rebounds while enjoying the best season of her career.

“It's been fun to watch her reap the benefits of her hard work this year, especially when we so desperately needed that from her,” Coale said. “She's been that guy in the fox hole for this senior class. She's doing everything she can with every minute she has.”

McFarland's competitiveness came naturally. On drives from Kansas to watch their daughter play, Jay and Jennifer McFarland compete to see who can get the best gas mileage.

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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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