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L’s and One: Taylor Robertson is breaking records at Oklahoma

Taylor Robertson. Nick Smith photo.

When you think of shooters in women’s college basketball, you should start with Oklahoma’s Taylor Robertson. So far this season, the senior guard is averaging 17.2 points per game shooting 48 percent from the field and 45 percent from three. She has been named as top ten finalists for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, which goes to the top shooting guard in the country.

Earlier this year, Robertson broke the Big 12 record for most three-pointers. She now has over 400 made three’s in her career, with more games to be played. In an interview after breaking the record, her father Dave, who died in 2017, was on her mind.

“I wish he could be here, but it’s really cool to have that,” she told local media. “I know he would be proud, because he started it. When I was younger, we would go and shoot for hours every day. A lot of it is credit to him.”

In her first year in Norman, Robertson earned Big-12 All-Freshman honors with 103 three-point shots at a 46 percent rate, and averaged 14.6 points per game. She also set a Sooner freshman record and ranked second in program single-season history. A highlight was when she hit seven three-pointers in back-to-back games against New Mexico and Auburn.

In Robertson’s sophomore season she made 131 three-pointers and set many records, including the school single-season three-point mark and the Big 12 record. In addition, she became the first player to have back-to-back seasons of 100-plus threes in conference history. Against Wichita State, she made a career-high nine treys, and she averaged 19.1 points per outing on the year.

During the COVID-impacted season Robertson continued her outstanding outside shooting with 86 threes on 43 percent shooting. She also shot 56-57 free throws, and made the All-Big 12 team at year’s end.

Taylor Robertson. Nick Smith photo.

With consistency as her calling card, Robertson tied her own school record of nine treys in a single game at a tournament last November. She has played far more minutes than any of her teammates, and is a big reason why Oklahoma is back in the top 25.

Robertson currently trails former UConn forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis for the best three-point percentage of all time. Mosqueda-Lewis hit 44.7 percent (398 of 890) over her four collegiate years, and Robertson could very well break that record in the coming month. However, coach Jennie Baranczyk said the Kansas native isn’t paying attention to stats.

“The best part is she doesn’t even care,” Baranczyk said. “She just wants to play.”

Robertson is not mentioned in many WNBA mock drafts, but she could help many teams space the floor with her shooting ability.

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