SAN ANTONIO — 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.