Freeman Coliseum – The San Antonio Stars have experienced bad losses over the course of the 2015 season. Not all of them leave the head coach speechless, but hat is what happened when the New York Liberty visited town.
Kayla McBride scored all 11 of her points in the third quarter as the Stars fell 73-45 to the Liberty in front of 3,626 fans at Freeman Coliseum on Wednesday night.
McBride was the lone Star in double figures. Jayne Appel added nine points and six rebounds for San Antonio, who were held to a season-low in points. The silver and black had just 18 points in the first half, a new franchise low.
San Antonio scored just six points in the second quarter and seven points in the fourth, both franchise lows.
“We got thumped, and they beat us in every way possible,” Stars head coach Dan Hughes said. “We did not play well. New York is a good team. It’s not about us not playing well as much as you’ve got to give them some credit. They’re a good team. They’re playing good. We didn’t play well, and I really have nothing to add other than to give them credit. Our performance was very poor.”
New York’s defense held the Stars to 22 percent shooting in the second quarter and low as 16 percent.
“We came out a little slow,” McBride said. “I think that was on us. You have nights like this. When you’re playing the best league in the world you have nights were the best teams are going to be at their best and you might not be. That’s what happened tonight.”
New York was led by Tina Charles’ 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. Epiphanny Prince and Brittany Boyd added 10 points apiece for New York (17-7), who swept the season series from San Antonio.
“It was a great team win,” Charles said. “I don’t think there are any numbers jumping off the stats sheet, but it was just a great team win. They started playing zone, so we couldn’t really get into the lane and do things. So I was just grateful that my shots went in.”
The Stars are now 7-19 on the season and will return to the court on Friday when they welcome the Minnesota Lynx to Freeman Coliseum at 7 p.m.