Their disappointing experience last year showed the Minnesota Lynx the danger of a loss at home to open the WNBA Finals.
This time, they left no doubt about who's in early control of the series.
Maya Moore had 23 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter to fuel a strong start, and the Lynx delivered a dominant 84-59 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 on Sunday night.
''I think we're setting ourselves up for success,'' said Monica Wright, who pitched in 20 points off the bench and teamed with Rebekkah Brunson to fluster league scoring leader Angel McCoughtry into 6-for-24 shooting for 17 points plus five turnovers.
Moore shot 10 for 16 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds, and Seimone Augustus scored her usual 19 points. The Lynx led the entire game, shot 49.4 percent from the field and stymied the Dream into 0-for-15 shooting from 3-point range.
''People will doubt us already, but that's OK. We'll be back for a dogfight on Tuesday,'' McCoughtry said. '...