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Oklahoma women's basketball: Sooners' Jasmine Hartman starts, shines on Senior Night, leads OU past Kansas

by Jason Kersey Modified: March 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm •  Published: March 2, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma Sooner's Jasmine Hartman (45) drives guarded by Kansas Jayhawks' Angel Goodrich (3) and Asia Boyd (0) as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the Kansas Jayhawks in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, March 2, 2013  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooner's Jasmine Hartman (45) drives guarded by Kansas Jayhawks' Angel Goodrich (3) and Asia Boyd (0) as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the Kansas Jayhawks in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

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.

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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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