It was just one of those things that was so surreal and you wouldn't think it was true. It was a really, really hard time for me. I cried for 30 minutes and I was on my way to practice. I think that's what made me come back home, because somebody needed me.
When I first came back, I saw Shelley (Budke) and I couldn't do anything but cry. And I saw Coach Serna's mother and sister and her little nephew and niece. It was just a hard thing. It's still hard to this day, because you want to see them and you want to talk to them. The good thing is I feel like they're always with me. I see them in my dreams sometimes.
(My daughter will) be 2 at the end of March. Her words are starting to be clear. What makes me laugh about her is her personality. It's a lot like mine, and it's so funny because I catch her doing things like her facial expressions and I know I did it. Sometimes I just look at her and say, ‘Wow, I have a baby.'
Getting cut (in the pros) was a big thing for me, because I had never been cut in my life from anything. Oh, man. After going through that, it really was like a light clicked on for me. It hurt for a few weeks, but it made me want to go and get after it.
I don't want Oklahoma State to be my legacy. I want wherever I go to play to be my legacy. I want to keep building and keep building. I think that's what my dad has instilled in me is that I'm never satisfied.
I want to train. I want to get better. I want my body to feel like my body again, because it was a tough time (after having a baby). I think that now it's starting to feel good again. I just want to keep going. I don't want this to be the end of Andrea Riley. I want it to be that this is just the beginning of a pro career.
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