|Updated: 7/16/2013 8:02 pm
||Published: 7/16/2013 7:58 pm
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Taylor Cooper has joined the Texas A&M women’s basketball program after transferring from Oral Roberts, Aggie women’s head coach Gary Blair announced Tuesday.
Cooper garnered Honorable Mention All-Southland Conference recognition following her one season in Tulsa where she was third on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game, which also ranked second-most among true freshman in the conference. After helping Oral Roberts win the Southland Conference tournament, Cooper tallied a near double-double against No. 10 Tennessee in the NCAA First Round with 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Shawnee, Okla. native started all 31 games for the Golden Eagles last season, the first rookie to do so since 2009-10. The sharpshooter drained 61 three-point field goals in addition to her 5.3 rebounds per game average last season. In addition Taylor led the team in field goal percentage, free throw percentage, three-point field goal percentage, three-point field goals, blocked shots and minutes played.
A 2012 graduate of Shawnee High School, Cooper led Shawnee to a perfect 29-0 season and the OSSAA Class 5A State Championship. She was a McDonald’s All-American nominee along with being named All-State by the Oklahoma Coaches Association, the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association, the Daily Oklahoman and the Tulsa World following her final prep season. The prep-star was also named to the Oklahoma Super Five alongside Texas A&M’s Courtney Walker by the Daily Oklahoman.
Cooper was coached by Wendi (Willits) Wells at Shawnee, Wells was a member of Blair’s Final Four team at Arkansas in 1998. Following graduation in 2001 Wells played one season with the Los Angeles Sparks helping them to win the 2001 WNBA Championship.
“Taylor will fit right in with our team and is a solid all-around player,” Blair said. “She shoots the ball extremely well, especially from beyond the three-point line. She came on a visit earlier this month and fell in love with the players and coaches. She is the type of player that spends more time in the gym than anywhere else and is capable of playing multiple positions because of her height and strength.”
Not only was Cooper successful on the basketball court at Oral Roberts, but she excelled academically as well, being named to the Southland Conference All-Academic team and the Southland Conference Commissioners Honor Roll. At A&M Cooper is planning to major in sports management and minor in law.
“Taylor wanted the opportunity to play basketball at the highest level and coming into the SEC she will have that chance,” Blair added. “We are excited to have her come on board and adding another solid player from the state of Oklahoma, following Danielle Gant and Courtney Walker.
The 6-foot-0 forward, will sit out next year due to NCAA transfer rules and has three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2014-15 season.