The Oklahoma Sooners women’s basketball team has not been very lucky this season on the injury front. On Thursday night, Whitney Hand-Jones tore her ACL in the Sooners 71-68 win against over North Texas.
The 5th-year senior is the team leader and suffered the injury before halftime and the Sooners second half rally. The crowd gave the senior a standing ovation when she was being taken from the court after a contested layup attempt that resulted in a bad fall.
They trailed the mean green late in the game and rallied back to pull out the win. Sooners head coach Sherri Coale after the game:
I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder of a team in 17 years of doing this. Unbelievable determination and they revealed their mettle and their character. I talk about their character all the time. It’s one thing to talk about it, it’s another thing for however many people got to witness it tonight.
Joanna McFarland and Nicole Griffin stepped up to push the Sooners to the win, with McFarland having her first double-double game and Griffin led the scoring for the Sooners with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
The No. 13 ranked Sooners are now 8-1 on the season. They have a week off for finals and will return to the court to face Vanderbilt on December 16th.