Oklahoma women's basketball: Whitney Hand is 'OK' with the end of college career

Hand, who suffered a second career knee injury, has done a lot of processing since the injury a week ago. “It is what it is, and I've done what I've done.”
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: December 13, 2012
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photo - UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL / OU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL / INJURED: Whitney Hand is attended to by trainer Carolyn Loon and head coach Sherri Coale following an injury as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the North Texas Mean Green in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL / OU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL / INJURED: Whitney Hand is attended to by trainer Carolyn Loon and head coach Sherri Coale following an injury as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the North Texas Mean Green in NCAA, women's college basketball at The Lloyd Noble Center on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — All Whitney Hand wanted was to leave her mark on teammates and the state of Oklahoma.

Then last Thursday, Hand “took a normal jump stop.”

“I was pushing off my left, and I was going up and I just felt it dislocate,” Hand said. “I knew immediately. Five years went through my mind and then I realized I missed the last free throw of my career. I just couldn't stop screaming. It really hit me right then. The last layup you'll ever shoot, too, and it didn't go in.”

Although 21 games remain on the Sooners' regular season women's basketball schedule, Hand's college career is done. The senior guard talked about her career-ending injury Thursday during the Sooner Sports Talk show. Hand suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the first half of a Dec. 6 game against North Texas at Lloyd Noble Center.

Sooners fans gave her a standing ovation as she was helped from the court and sent an outpouring of emotion to the Fort Worth, Texas, native through social media. Hand said by the time she and her husband, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, reached the car for a trip to the hospital, her phone was blowing up.

“All the ways I'd impacted people along the way, I had no idea,” Hand said. “Had I not gotten hurt, maybe I would have no idea.”

The injury is her second ACL tear in her five-year career at OU. The first time Hand tore her ACL was on Nov. 27, 2009. She was absent from Oklahoma's lineup for 401 days.

The senior was a preseason All-Big 12 selection for the Sooners and was also on the Naismith Women's College Player of the Year watch list. She was also the most vocal player and the stand out leader for Sherri Coale's squad.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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