“But we challenge them. ... Adjusting to the time zones, different times of day, all kinds of things that push them a little bit out of their comfort zone is where you learn and really grow.”
The No. 13 Sooners are 2-1 through their early games, with the loss coming at home last week to UCLA.
Hand said the team “has a higher ceiling than probably any team I've played with,” which are strong words considering the Sooners' two Final Four appearances since she arrived in Norman.
After Friday's game, the Sooners play Saturday against Oregon before wrapping up their three-game trip Sunday against tournament host Hawaii.
“Rarely in the season do you play three games in a row until it matters,” Hand said. “Getting this experience of playing back-to-back-to-back, you don't usually get that until March. And in March, when you lose you're done.”
NO. 13 OKLAHOMA VS. ARKANSAS
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu
Radio: KEBC-AM 1560, KREF-AM 1400
Live webcast: SoonerSports.tv