Game respects game: Warriors’ Steph Curry meets NCAA’s top 3-point shooter

Game respects game: Warriors’ Steph Curry meets NCAA’s top 3-point shooter

Updated: 1 month, 28 days, 21 hours, 52 minutes, 17 seconds ago

OKLAHOMA CITY — With five 3-pointers in Oklahoma’s loss to Iowa State on Saturday, Taylor Robertson became the NCAA’s all-time Division I 3-point leader as she pushed her five-season career total to 502.

“She must’ve played right away as a freshman to rack up that many 3s,” Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said.

On Sunday, Robertson was at the center of what she described as a “set-up.”

She had just finished shooting with teammates at the Sooners’ practice facility in Norman when she was brought into a conference room. Robertson thought she would be recording a reaction video to her achievement, but instead she was surprised with an invite from NBA 3-point king Stephen Curry to Monday’s game between the Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder.

“All the sudden he’s on the screen,” Robertson said. “I’ve been a fan of Steph for a long time, maybe since high school, maybe a little before that. I just always loved the way he played, loved the Warriors.”

Monday evening, Robertson — sporting Curry’s 2021 black city edition jersey with black sweats, white Nikes and her hair in a ponytail — stood on the baseline inside Paycom Center as Curry went through his pregame routine — one she’s very familiar with.

“I actually have (some of his habits) in my pregame warmups because I’ve seen Steph do it in years past, so I’ve already stolen a few,” she said. “But I have to steal a few more because I like it.

“I want to shoot like him — like his form and stuff — but the way he plays off the ball, he’s always running off a million different screens and he just never stops moving. I think that’s how we get so open and I’ve tried to put that into my game.”

At one point, the two-time league MVP tossed a ball to Robertson for an assist. And when Curry was through, he walked over and embraced Robertson. The two shared a brief conversation, followed by a photo — and some advice Robertson won’t soon forget.


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“Just keep going,” Robertson said of what Curry told her. “Got a lot of season left so just keep going and be great. I was a little nervous, but he’s so cool, so there was nothing to worry about.”

Robertson has averaged 11.7 points this season for Oklahoma while shooting 43.8% from deep. The Sooners (16-4, 6-3 in the Big 12) are ranked 20th in the country.

There are just nine regular-season games left for Oklahoma and Robertson’s goals down the stretch are similar to those of Curry and the Warriors.

“Just win some basketball games,” Robertson said. “Win all of them, hopefully. We just want to win every game we play and that’s what I’m focused on, especially with the record out the way.”

C.J. Holmes covers the Warriors for The San Francisco Chronicle. Email: Twitter: @CjHolmes22