Getting to Know U: Senior Andrea Torres
Utah's Andrea Torres enters her senior year with the Utes and has appeared in 90 career games, making 47 starts. She has scored in double-digits in 18 career games, including once this season. She has 27 career games with two or more three-pointers and has led or tied for the lead in rebounding in 14 career games.
Torres recently caught up with UtahUtes.com to chat about why she is looking forward to this season, what made her fall in love with the game, and her dream job after graduation.
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Q: When did you start playing basketball? Who was your favorite player growing up?
A: I started playing basketball when I was ten years old, and I think my favorite player was Michael Jordan.
Q: What about the sport of basketball made you fall in love with it?
A: The competitiveness that each player has and the environment of a game. When fans get into the game and cheer for us, and even the cheers between teammates is such a positive and fun vibe to play in that you don't ever want it to stop.
Q: What about the University of Utah made you want to continue your career here?
A: I saw how the coaches treated their players, how important family values were in this team, how everybody is fortunate to be here and not take anything for granted. Also, my team, these girls are like my second family. I love each and every one of them, and when we spend time together on and off the court, it is so much fun.
Q: What has been your favorite part about playing basketball at Utah so far?
A: I would say that pretty much every game from the Pac12, every team is a new challenge and so fun to play against. And of course, the rival games are always full of passion and truly shows us how much we care about our program.
Q: Who in your life has been the most influential in getting you where you are today?
A: I would say my dad, he did not really have the chance to get at a very far level, which is why he always pushed me to get better and actually fight for what I wanted. He showed me how to fight and persevere in the things that I love.
Q: What is your dream job and why?
A: I would love to coach at the University level back in my hometown. I always loved coaching my sister and her team, which truly showed me that I want to do this in the future.
Q: What is your favorite basketball moment growing and why?
A: I would say when I won the with my pre-university team the provincial tournament. It was against our rival team; the stadium was full of our fans and theirs, making the environment awesome. The game was tight the whole time, but we never gave up, and we won the game. I remember cutting the net at the end of the game and seeing everyone that I loved there encouraging me.
Q: What is something people might not know about you?
A: I am always full of energy and always smiling no matter what.
Q: What are you most looking forward to this season?
A: Right now, because it is my senior year, I am excited to finally play BYU at our house and beat them.
Q: What is your favorite moment as a Ute?
A: In my Freshman year, when we won against Stanford, that game was absolutely amazing. We played so well all together, and we were dialed it and ready to beat them, which we did and made history in our program. Also, two years ago, against BYU, we won against them at their place in overtime, which was AWESOME.
Q: How appreciative are you for our fans?
A: So appreciative; I love how much these people love us, and I am very fortunate of them to always support us.
Q: If you could tell our fans one thing, what would it be?
A: KEEP CHEERING, KEEP SUPPORTING US, WE LOVE YOU, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU GUYS AT OUR GAMES.
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