Inside the minds of WNBA players

This is Our Game: Ruth Riley

Detroit's Ruth Riley
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Detroit Shock center Ruth Riley, the Most Valuable Player of the 2003 WNBA Finals and a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and a 2001 NCAA champion, is not resting idly on these accomplishments. At only 25 years old, Riley has the opportunity to build one of the most impressive legacies in basketball history. A rebounder, scorer and shot blocker, Riley is the consumate professional both on and off the court. But it is her passion and love for the game that has brought her to the top of the sport. Find out what drives Ruth and inspires her when she needs that extra motivation...

Q. What is your motivation when don't feel like working out, running that extra mile, or waking up early?
"I think just the drive to be the best you can be and you know that there will be tough days, those days where you wake up and don't feel like working out. But I know that is what it takes to be successful and to improve as a player and a person. That is what drives me."

Q. Was there a time in your life when you thought about giving up the game?
"No, to be perfectly honest, that thought has never crossed my mind."

Q. What are some other goals you've set for yourselves off the court that you are interested in or pursuing?
"I'm trying out commentating right now, seeing how I like it and if it is something that I would like to pursue. It has been a humbling experience so far. Anytime you start something new and you are a beginner, you have to work on it from the bottom up, but I enjoy it. I think the next big step for me is going back to graduate school. I'm not sure what I want to study yet, but either business or law.

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