Gameday: Stars vs. Liberty - 7/9/14
McBride scores 30 to lead Stars past LibertySAN ANTONIO (AP) -
Kayla McBride matched her career high with 30 points and the San Antonio Stars never trailed in rolling to an 80-66 victory over the New York Liberty on Wednesday night.
Danielle Adams scored 16 points and Danielle Robinson added 13 as San Antonio (11-9) won for the fourth time in their last five games and improved to 4-5 at home.
Sugar Rodgers had a career-high 21 points and Cappie Pondexter added 17 points for New York (7-12), which snapped a three-game winning streak. The Liberty were just 2 for 11 on 3-pointers (18 percent) and finished 38 percent from the field overall.
San Antonio was 44 percent from the field, including 9 for 23 (39 percent) on 3s.
Adams and McBride had five points each as the Stars scored the game's first 14 points. The Liberty, who missed their first 12 shots, finally got on the scoreboard when Tina Charles hit an 18-foot jumper with 4:19 left in the first quarter.
McBride scored 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting - including 3 for 3 on 3s - in the first quarter to match New York's output and help the Stars to a 13-point lead.
Adams made back-to-back 3s to start a 10-2 run that extended San Antonio's lead to 57-37 about midway through the third quarter. Shameka Christon's 3 in the opening minute of the fourth gave the Stars their biggest lead, 68-45.
Many of New York's misses in the game-opening drought were on open jumpers and a few contested shots in the paint that Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer thought were fouls.
''We'll eat this first quarter,'' Laimbeer shouted at official Kevin Sparrock. ''We expect it to turn around down there, too.''
The arguing increased in the second quarter as players and coaches from both teams grew increasingly agitated with the officiating, especially when fouls were twice assessed on the wrong player.
''You have to let the fans tell you who committed the foul?'' Laimbeer asked official Byron Jarrett.
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