Women's basketball: Hartman leads Sooners to Senior Night victory
Coach Sherri Coale announced earlier this week that senior guard Jasmine Hartman would get the start over Sharane Campbell.
Hartman delivered in the Sooners’ 85-77 win over Kansas.
She finished with a career-high 18 points, five assists and a steal.
“To have her coming out party tonight, on senior night, I’m not sure it gets any better than that,” Coale said.
But much like the decision to start her was made far before the game, so was Hartman’s decision to be great.
“I made the decision before the game,” Hartman said. “You know, I didn’t want to wait until the end of this just to be like ‘Oh, it’s over.’ I made a decision before the game. I chose to jump off the bridge.
“I was in this fog, honestly. I couldn’t get past that until this game. Every senior wants to go out with a bang, and that was my thing, to go out with a bang. It’s just the decision you make.”
Overall, the Sooners put all the pieces together, looking more and more like the team that started the season.
Junior guard Aaryn Ellenberg led the team in scoring 22 points.
Senior forward Joanna McFarland put up another double-double to make it 10 in conference play. She finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Junior guard Morgan Hook recorded another game with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio and had a game-high four steals.
But none of that would have happened without the emergence of Hartman.
“We would have broken down [without Hartman] because her taking those open shots created rhythm,” Coale said.
All that's left on the schedule for the Sooners is an away game against Texas Tech, the Big 12 Tournament and hopefully a bid to the NCAA tournament. If Hartman can continue to play the way she did tonight, she may have given her team the spark they need to succeed.
“It does occur to me that I’m making things a lot better,” Hartman said. “But it doesn’t even matter that I’m starting. It’s not about starting for me. It’s about playing for my teammates.”