Kayla McBride scored a career-high 31 points, including nine in the fourth quarter to lead the Stars to a 93-81 victory over the New York Liberty Tuesday night at the AT&T Center.
McBride’s pure shooting ability was on display early and often, as she made a season-high 5-of-11 shots from behind the arc and all eight of her free throw attempts to improve San Antonio’s season record to 4-21.
“It’s always good to see the ball go into the basket as a shooter, but I am just really proud of our team. I thought we were resilient the whole game,” McBride said after the game. “I thought we rebounded well and we did what we were supposed to do on both sides of the floor. It was just a really good team win.”
Kayla Alexander, making her first start of the season, played well in the post for the Stars, amassing a career-high 19 points, six rebounds and three steals.
“It was cool to be able to start, and I am very thankful for it,” Alexander said. “I was thankful that I was able to go out there and produce, play my game and have fun.”
The Stars trailed 79-77 with 5:03 left in the fourth quarter when Kelsey Plum was fouled on a shot. After an official’s timeout, Plum made both free throws to tie the game and set the stage for a dominant 14-2 San Antonio run to close out the contest.
Alexander made a jumper moments later to take the lead, McBride made a slashing layup the next time down the court, and the Stars never trailed again as they cruised to their highest point total of the season.
“Great team win in more ways than one. It’s my old team, so it’s a great feeling,” said Stars head coach Vickie Johnson, who played nine seasons for the Liberty in her playing career. “It’s a great win because our team deserved it. I felt we played with passion, heart and desire; we played together.”
As a team, San Antonio made a season-high nine three-pointers and converted 18-of-19 from the charity stripe.
The Liberty (12-11) had four players score at least 13 points, with Bria Hartley leading the way with 17. Tina Charles scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Sugar Rodgers came off the bench to score 16 points and make four three-pointers.