Liberty Lose To Stars

The Liberty (7-12) were unable to continue their winning ways away from home, falling to the Stars (11-9) 80-66 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio Wednesday night.

On the road for the first time after a five-game homestand, the Liberty came out sluggish against San Antonio. The offense faltered and the defense left much to be desired, as the Stars raced out to a 14-0 lead before Tina Charles finally made a basket for New York with just more than four minutes left in the opening period. Charles’ hoop ended an 0-for-12 start to the game. Kayla McBride of San Antonio scored as many points as the entire Liberty team in the first quarter, as the Stars led 28-15 after one.

The Liberty were able to stop the bleeding in the second quarter defensively, but were unable to make up any ground either. As a team, New York converted just three field goals in the entire quarter, and as a result went to the locker room trailing 42-29 despite holding the Stars to 27.8 percent shooting in the period.

The second half did not turn out any better for New York than did the first. Six third quarter turnovers rendered the Liberty’s strong shooting in the quarter useless, as the Stars were able to expand their lead to 20 points by the end of the period. With the deficit substantial, the Liberty used their bench extensively in the fourth quarter. Sugar Rodgers took advantage of the opportunity, scoring 17 points in the final frame. She had never scored more than 15 in an entire game in her career before Wednesday’s explosion.

The Liberty were led by Rodgers, who poured in a career-high 21 points thanks to her big fourth quarter. Cappie Pondexter was the only other Liberty player in double figures, scoring 17 points. McBride was the high scorer for the Stars, putting in 30 points.

The Liberty return home this Friday when they face the Los Angeles Sparks at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.