Oklahoma sniper Taylor Robertson equaled a career NCAA 3-point record in the Sooners’ otherwise disastrous loss in Texas on Wednesday night and now needs one more to break the all-time mark.
Robertson hit two 3s in the first quarter, her 497th and 498th of her career, but didn’t get another clean look until the fourth quarter when the Sooners faded in the second half of a 78-58 loss at the Moody Center.
It was in for the first time Jennie Baranczyks two seasons in which Sooners scored fewer than 60 points.
Robertson now shares the record with the former Ohio State Guard Kelsey Mitchell, who buried 497 career 3-pointers from 2014-18. Mitchell played 139 games in four seasons while Wednesday was Robertson’s 137th in five seasons.
Robertson came in and needed two 3s to tie Mitchell’s mark and three to hold the record alone. Her next chance to break the record will be in Iowa State on Saturday.
Robertson hit her first three-pointer from left wing Wednesday when she received a kickout assist Ana Llanusa and buried it at 4:24 in the first quarter, reducing Texas’ lead to 14-7.
She set the record a minute later at No. 497 when she came off a screen from Llanusa and knocked down a shot from the top of the circle, cutting the Longhorns’ edge to 17-10 at the 3:23 mark of the period would.
But perhaps basketball’s worst stretch in two seasons under Baranczyk led to a season-low for Oklahoma, which had scored 69 or more goals in every game.
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The 14th-ranked Sooners (16-3 overall, 6-2 Big 12) came into play with a one-game lead over the Longhorns (15-6, 6-2) in league standings, but now the teams are tied at the top .
With Robertson mostly on the bench, Texas capitalized on an 11-0 run to edge OU 21-6 in the third quarter. The Horns built a 19-point lead in the third as the prolific Sooners missed 12 straight shots and went more than five minutes without a point. OU opened the third quarter shooting just 1 of 17 and committed eight turnovers.
That drought continued well into the fourth quarter, when the Sooners started the second half with 12 turnovers 1:22 off the field Liz Scott scored on a quick break layup to cut it to 63-44.
OU trailed 12-2 early in the first quarter but leveled it at 20 with a 3-of-3 out Kennedy Tucker.
With OU trailing 40-36 at halftime, the Sooners fell as much as 21 behind in the fourth quarter before Baranczyk drew the starting line. OU shot just 22 percent in the second half, including 1 of 10 from 3-point range. The Sooners have also committed 24 turnovers.
Robertson finished 2-of-4 from the perimeter.
Robertson, a fifth-year senior from McPherson, KS, has made a 3 in a record 61 straight Big 12 games and 113 of her last 114.
She broke the OU school record in December 2021 with her 377th, and a month later went on to break the Big 12 record with her 393rd — the highest in league history for either a man or a woman.