"It’s awful tough on the kid,” said OSU coach Kurt Budke. "I’ll just say that. I don’t know what purpose that serves, to have her sitting in the stands. I think there might be some things that need to be reviewed on the whole situation.”
That’s as close as Budke’s come to publicly criticizing the NCAA. And he’s just happy it’s in the past. Happy the Cowgirls survived without Riley and happy Riley survived without the Cowgirls.
Riley in the stands Saturday night displayed the same fire she shows on the court, when you can’t take your eyes off her.
"I just can’t hold my passion,” Riley said. "I have to scream.”
Now she’s back, to dribble like a roadrunner and shoot like the ball’s made out of burning coals and run around on defense like fire ants at a picnic.
"It’s a relief, because it’s finally over,” Riley said. "I’m just excited to get back out there with my team.”
"I never thought it would be over in the first round. That really didn’t cross my mind, because I knew that without me, we’re still a team.”
But with her, the Cowgirls are a much better team. A team capable of beating Georgia and exacting the best revenge on the NCAA.
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