By Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.
WICHITA — It was a homecoming weekend for McPherson native Taylor Robertson as she and the Oklahoma women’s basketball team drove up to Interstate 35 on Saturday to take on Wichita State University. From Norman, Oklahoma to Wichita it is only a three-hour drive.
Robertson was ecstatic to be back in her home state. So much so, that she pointed out all her favorite spots in the area during the road trip. She was also happy to perform at Koch Arena in front of her friends and family who were in attendance.
“It’s always cool to come back in Kansas, especially to Wichita State,” Robertson said. “It’s really close to home and just being able to play in front of all my friends and family are just hard to describe. It’s really cool.”
The Sooners were not able to pull off a win as they fall to the Shockers, 88-83. However, it was a big night for the McPherson-born lady, as she led Oklahoma with a career-high 30 points, shooting 9 for 16 from behind the arc. Despite trailing as high as 13 points, Robertson’s 56 percent 3-point shooting kept the Sooners in the game right up to the final stretch in the fourth quarter.
“We’re all in,” Robertson said. “Especially the comeback by the end of the game. You can just tell and feel it. Everyone was all livid whether they were playing or not playing, everyone was bought in and everyone was trying to win.”
Scoring is something the Mac High School alumnus knows all too well, as she holds the record for most points scored with 1,912 points in her final year as a Bullpup. In her freshman season, Robertson made her presence known after shattering the Oklahoma record books. She shot a total 105 3-pointers, which is a record for an OU freshman, ranking the former Gatorade of the Year player second in program single-season history. On the national scale, Robertson was ranked 12th nationally in 3-pointers made and finished second in the country with 3.50 3-pointers per game. Those are just a small portion of the accomplishments the 2018 Miss Kansas Basketball has added to her belt in her first year as a Sooner.
Last April, Robertson had an invite to try out for the 2019 U19 National Team. She and three of her Oklahoma teammates (Mandy Simpson, Gabby Gregory, Madi Williams) competed in the USA basketball’s 3×3 tournament in late September and went undefeated in their region which gave the Lady Sooners and automatic berth to nationals. Robertson took the experience as a way to build more chemistry with her teammates
“It was really cool,” Robertson said. ‘It was a fast-paced 3-on-3 game and just being able to play with Gabby, a freshman, and winning always helps.”
Only seven games in, Robertson has not missed a beat she averages 4.6 3-pointers a game, which is ranked second in the country. As much as she enjoys shooting from behind the arc, she enjoys winning even better, which is her expectation as a sophomore.
“I’m just focusing on wins,” Roberson said. “3s are great but winning is what matters.”
After the WSU loss, the Sooners fall to 4-3 but look to bounce back on the road when Oklahoma faces Western Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4.