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Sharane Campbell-Olds

School

University of Oklahoma

Position
Guard
Major
Health and Exercise Science

Classroom

Sharane Campbell-Olds was named to the 2013 Academic All-Big 12 First Team. She is a three-time Sooner Scholar, three-time selection to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and one-time Dean’s Honor Roll (3.50-3.99 GPA) honoree.

Character

Campbell-Olds was called the “X Factor” by her head coach in 2013-14. As she went, the team went as well. She has been praised for being the team’s energy package according to head coach Sherri Coale. Said Coale, “She steadies everyone by her passion of play. Every great team has someone like that, who carries the team’s heartbeat and body with them. She’s that for us. When her heart is beating, our team plays well.” She finds much of her passion for playing from the death of her 5-month-old nephew just barely two months into her college career. She was overwhelmed by the grief but turned that grief into something positive with her play as the year progressed. Watching her handle that situation led one teammate to say that was “when I knew Sharane Campbell. She ran the funeral basically. That’s when we all realized who Sharane Campbell was.” Campbell-Olds demonstrates her leadership and character by playing every game that OU has played in her career, despite her 110% hustle that often finds her mixing it up inside or on the floor after taking a crucial charge. She is not shy about holding a teammate to the Sooner standard—a standard that she plays with every time she steps on the court.

Community

Campbell-Olds has had many opportunities to volunteer in her four-year OU career. She is actively involved with Special Spectators and has made two trips to Haiti to work a week in relief efforts with other Sooner student-athletes. She is a popular and frequent visitor to Children’s Hospital and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity’s Rebuild Moore in 2013. In memory of her 5-month-old nephew, Kuron, who died in his sleep in October 2011, she has undertaken several efforts to raise awareness and money to fight SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). She is committed to using her platform to bring attention to the SIDS condition and the families who suffer through it. Said Coale, “When you are blindsided like that I think it hits you particularly hard. I think she wanted to take her grief and turn it into something positive, so she became actively involved in the SIDS cause.” Campbell-Olds continues to play in Kuron’s memory.

Competition

Campbell-Olds made an immediate impact on the team as a true freshman in 2012 and has played in every game in her three-year career for a total of 102 games and 57 starts. She has a career scoring average of 10.5 and was named to the 2014 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention Team. Ranked third among Big 12 players with an .874 free throw percentage as a junior, she led OU for a second straight season in free throw attempts. As a junior, she had the second most blocks on the team at 5-10 and scored in double figures in 23 games, including earning a career-high 28 points in a crucial win over in-state rival Oklahoma State. OU’s 30th 1,000-point scorer, Campbell-Olds finished her junior season as the second leading scorer (12.6) and rebounder (5.4) and ranked second in steals (45) and third in minutes played (855). She was named the team’s defensive player of the year as a sophomore and scored 15 points in OU’s record-setting comeback against West Virginia in 2013 Big 12 Tournament, helping the Sooners rally from a 22-point deficit. She led OU in charges taken and free throws made (103) and taken (140) as a sophomore and led the team in free throws made (124) and taken (166) as a true freshman. In 2012, she received the Big 12 Sixth Man award and was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team. She was a four-time Big 12 Freshman of the Week in 2011-12 and became just the third non-starter in program history to average at least 9.0 points per game as a true freshman.