Rodgers leads Liberty to 84-77 win over Stars
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Sugar Rodgers scored eight of her 18 points in the third quarter and the New York Liberty opened play after the Olympic break with an 84-77 victory over the San Antonio Stars on Friday night.
Rodgers had eight straight points in a 12-2 run that made it 62-53 after the Liberty trailed 46-44 at the break.
Swin Cash put New York (19-8), which clinched a playoff spot before the break, ahead 52-51 with a pair of free throws before Rodgers started her run with a basket.
Jayne Appel-Marinelli scored for the Stars before Rodgers cashed in a free throw after a technical on San Antonio coach Dan Hughes. Rodgers then drained a 17-footer on the ensuing possession and followed up with a 3-pointer. Amanda Zahui B. ended the run with a pair of free throws with 1:39 left in the quarter.
Brittany Boyd's basket at the buzzer gave New York, third in the AP power poll, a 67-58 lead.
New York's Tina Charles, a member of the champion U.S. team in Rio, had 13 points and 10 rebounds for her league-leading 15th double-double. All-Star Epiphanny Prince played her first game this season after tearing an ACL in November playing in Russia. She had five points in seven minutes.
Appel-Marinelli had a career-high 17 points for San Antonio (5-19). The Stars have lost six straight.