No need for us to panic

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Ruth Riley can picture a better ending for the Dream in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals.

Trailing 1-0 in a WNBA Finals is not an unfamiliar situation to me.

Back when I was with Detroit, we got roughed up pretty badly by the Sparks in Game 1 of the 2003 Finals in Los Angeles. We knew we had to come home and win the next game. We watched a ton of film and saw what we needed to improve. It's all about embracing the moment and we did just that, winning the next two games and giving the city of Detroit its first WNBA title.

A lot of my teammates have been here before as well. This is the third time in four years that the Dream are playing for a championship. We know there's no reason to panic and that if we play to our strengths and play our game, we can turn this series around.

The past 24 hours, we've done a lot of self-evaluation and looked at ways for us to improve on our play from Game 1. A lot of people thought we'd lose confidence after our performance on Sunday, but that's not who we are. We still fully believe that with our experience and perseverance we can come back, just like we did against the Mystics earlier in the playoffs.

Over 13 years, the WNBA has given me the opportunity to accomplish a lot, both on and off the court. I've had the chance to travel around the world as a league ambassador, promoting the game of basketball while also trying to influence and inspire people in countries who are less fortunate. On the court, I've been blessed with two WNBA titles and a long career filled with highs and lows. I've been on teams that have overcome adversity to accomplish great things. I know our team is capable of bouncing back, and it starts Tuesday night in Game 2.