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

Each morning after they'd wake up, Joanna McFarland and her three older siblings were each given a math problem to solve. The first one to correctly solve their problem got the first pancake or waffle at breakfast.

“It was always about, ‘Who can get up first? Who can solve it first?'” Joanna McFarland remembered.

“Later, it became, ‘First one to get up and give him a hug and a kiss.' So we would jump on him, pushing people off to get the first pancake, or the first waffle. That was our tradition.”

The 6-foot-3 forward brought that competitive spirit to Norman. Coale said no matter the game — Monopoly, word games, etc. — McFarland's attitude is “crazy, enthusiastic, cutthroat, ‘I want to win.'”

Hand said McFarland's competitiveness even applies to stretching.

“She wants to win, no matter what,” Hand said. “Literally, we're stretching, she wants to be the first one done stretching. It's just her personality.”

Oklahoma enters Saturday's game having lost four of its last five contests, including an ugly 81-71 loss at Kansas on Feb. 17. The Sooners have been routed in back-to-back games, first at Oklahoma State, then at home to No. 1 Baylor.

Following Saturday's game, Oklahoma travels Monday to Texas Tech for its regular-season finale. The Sooners get a few days off after that before the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas.

First, though, Oklahoma's battle-tested seniors have one more home game.

“I don't think my mind has actually realized that this is my last game on this court,” McFarland said. “I definitely, definitely, want to win this game.”

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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