San Antonio Stars coach Vickie Johnson wanted her team to compete. She wanted to see the defensive pressure. Despite missing three key players, the first year head coach got what she wanted out of her team.
Stars forward Monique Currie scored a game-high 23 points, but it was not enough as the Stars fell 73-64 to the New York Liberty inside Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon.
Isabelle Harrison added 15 points off the bench for San Antonio, who were missing Moriah Jefferson, Kayla McBride, and No. 1 pick Kelsey Plum due to injuries and overseas commitments.
San Antonio’s defense kept the game close – despite missing three key players. Currie’s three-pointer from the right side cut the New York lead to eight with 4:22 to play. However, the Silver and Black missed 12 free throws – going 17-of-29.
“I thought it was good,” Johnson said of the game. “I thought if we could have made some free throws we would have won. We worked hard as a team. Defensively we had a couple breakdowns.”
The Liberty were led by Tina Charles’ 12 points. Brittany Boyd and Shavonette Zellous each added 10 for New York, who lead by as many as 18 points.
Up next: The Stars are now 0-1 on the season and will return to the court tomorrow afternoon to complete a back-to-back against the Washington Mystics inside the Verizon Center at 2 p.m.