AT&T Center – The San Antonio Stars are a young team and know that things like constant fouls will get into their heads. That was the case for the Silver and Black as they learned another lesson in a young season.
Astou Ndour scored a career-high 18 points, but the Stars fell 90-75 to the New York Liberty in front of 5,219 fans at the AT&T Center on Saturday night.
Kayla McBride added 15 points and Haley Peters chipped in 10 off the bench for San Antonio, who fell for the fourth straight time.
“We had great opportunities but I didn’t think we were really disciplined in the fourth quarter and I thought the Liberty took advantage of that,” Stars coach Dan Hughes said. “I think defensively some of the things had served us well, we just didn’t follow through with a sense of urgency in the fourth and it kind of snowballed on us a little bit.”
New York put the game away with a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter. Liberty guard Sugar Rodgers and forward Tina Charles took control and gave their team a lead of 18 in the final six minutes.
“We really needed this game just as bad as they needed their game,” Charles said. “We definitely wanted to get that bad taste out of our mouth as far as how that LA game had went for us. So I think we picked up on little things.”
San Antonio struggled in the post all game long. Center Jayne Appel-Marinelli picked up three quick fouls. The Liberty outscored San Antonio 42-12 in the paint for the game.
“It causes us to get stagnant,” McBride said of the team’s foul trouble. “We’re a young team that likes to run, especially in transition, so when the ball is being stopped so many times, it kind of takes our energy away a little bit. But we have to find ways to still continue to play. We’re young, I think sometimes when calls don’t go our way, we kind of get down a little bit, but I think having these types of games now will help us further down the season.”
Up next: The Stars are now 1-7 on the season and will return to the court on Tuesday when they welcome the Seattle Storm to the AT&T Center at 7 p.m.