NORMAN — The fact that Oklahoma senior Jasmine Hartman’s night would be special was readily apparent within the first 30 seconds of Saturday’s tipoff against Kansas.
Hartman intercepted a Jayhawks’ pass, sprinted down the LloydNobleCenter court and scored the game’s first points on a fast-break layup.
Starting her first game of the season on Senior Night, Hartman scored a career-high 18 points, and the Sooners beat Kansas 85-77 to snap a two-game losing streak.
Hartman was one of four seniors honored after Saturday’s win, and one of two who was able to play against the Jayhawks. Forward Joanna McFarland scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in her final home game.
Injured seniors Whitney Hand and Lyndsey Cloman both wore jerseys and watched from the bench, as they’ve been forced to do for most of the season.
“These have been an amazing five years,” Hartman said during the postgame Senior Night ceremony.
“They were well worth it.”
Hartman started as a sophomore on Oklahoma’s 2009-10 Final Four team, but she’s spent most of her career in a reserve role, entering games as a defensive stopper.
Just before last season — which was supposed to be her senior year — Hartman tore her ACL and redshirted, which allowed her to return for one more season.
“We were thrilled when she made the decision to come back and rehab that knee,” OU coach Sherri Coale said during the Senior Night ceremony.
“I’d venture to say we probably wouldn’t have beaten Kansas tonight if she hadn’t made that decision.”
Entering Saturday’s game, Hartman was averaging 14.1 minutes and 1.1 points per game. Against the Jayhawks, she played 26 minutes.
Hartman’s career-high in points had been the 14 she scored as a sophomore against OklahomaState in 2010.
“It feels like Jasmine’s been here a long time, and that’s because she has,” Coale said. “It’s kind of strange, because I can’t remember practice when she wasn’t here.
“As happy as I am that we won this game tonight, the best thing for me was getting to watch her. Jasmine is maybe our best practice player. She’s the same every day.”
Junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg led Oklahoma (20-9 overall, 10-7 Big 12) with 22 points. With a late fourth-quarter trey — her 95th of the season — she broke her own single-season OU record for 3-pointers.
The Sooners wrap up their regular season Monday at Texas Tech.
Senior center Carolyn Davis led the Jayhawks (16-11, 7-9 Big 12) with 18 points. Kansas’ loss was its fourth in a row since beating Oklahoma 81-71 on Feb. 17.
Kansas senior guard Angel Goodrich, who led Sequoyah-Tahlequah to three state championships during her standout high school career, scored 15 points and added seven assists.