Oklahoma women's basketball: Whitney Hand tears ACL in Sooners' win over North Texas

Whitney Hand left for an MRI at halftime of the Sooners' gritty 71-68 win over North Texas.
by Jason Kersey Published: December 6, 2012
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photo - Whitney Hand falls to the floor in pain before leaving the game 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
Whitney Hand falls to the floor in pain before leaving the game 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

“I said a lot of things,” Coale said of her brief time with Hand during the break. “Told her I loved her.”

The Sooners took a lead they would not relinquish when Griffin hit two foul shots with 2:57 left.

Oklahoma (8-1) is now shockingly diminished to just eight healthy players on its roster. If Hand's injury is indeed season ending, it would be the team's fourth.

Freshman guard Maddie Manning tore the ACL in her right knee last week; veteran Lyndsey Cloman chose to end her career because of a lingering back injury in early November; and sophomore Kaylon Williams ruptured her Achilles tendon during the preseason.

OU is off until Sunday, Dec. 16, a home game against Vanderbilt.

“It should end better for this kid. It should just end better,” Coale said of Hand. “We don't know why; it's not our place to guess or even speculate. In the deepest part of your heart you just want it to end better for her.”

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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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