Andrea Riley Returns Home

Andrea Riley is coming back home.

The Shock acquired the Oklahoma State standout from Los Angeles for a 2012 second round pick earlier today.

“Well, first of all I really want to thank God,” Riley said. “I was thinking about this all last year. Things turned in a different direction and I went to LA and had a good experience but now I’m excited to be in front of the fans who watched me play for four years.”

Riley was close to joining the Shock last year as she expected to be taken by Head Coach Nolan Richardson with the seventh pick in the 2010 draft but a Shock trade with the Connecticut Sun the day before the draft altered those plans and Riley fell to eighth overall to the Sparks.

“I listened to all the veterans (in Los Angeles) and they taught me a lot of things, they kept me very positive and stayed in my ear,” Riley said. “The moments that I did play it was a learning experience. I learned that some of the things you did in college you can’t do here because everyone is better. It was an adjustment for me.”

Riley appeared in 29 games off the bench for the Sparks last year averaging 3.4 points and 1.0 assists per game in 7.7 minutes.

In her two games in Tulsa last year, Riley averaged 11 points on 64 percent shooting from the field and 63 percent from three in 14.5 minutes a game.

“When we came back and played in Tulsa but I really did not know that as many people would come out and watch like that,” said Riley, surprised by the allegiance of Oklahoma State and Tulsa fans that came out to see her play.

As a senior at Oklahoma State, Riley was the second-leading scorer in the nation at 26.7 points a game and led the Big 12 Conference in assists at 6.5 a game en route to becoming the recipient of the Nancy Lieberman Award which recognizes the top point guard in women’s Division I basketball.

Now in her second year in the WNBA and playing in front of her hometown fans, as the potential point guard of the team, Riley hopes to earn a rotation spot on the roster and hopefully assert herself as one of the team’s leaders.

“I’m ready to get on the court and play for the Shock and play for all the fans because that’s what makes Oklahoma special - it’s the fans,” Riley said.