NEW YORK – Rookie Kalana Greene scored a season-high 17 points, Plenette Pierson had 16 and the New York Liberty beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 77-72 Tuesday night.
Cappie Pondexter added 13 points and Leilani Mitchell 10 to help New York (12-11) win for the fifth time in seven games.
Chamique Holdsclaw scored 18 points and Michelle Snow had 14 to lead the Silver Stars (8-15), losers of eight of their last 11. Sophia Young added 12 points and Becky Hammon 10.
Greene made a 3-pointer to increase the Liberty's lead to 67-59 with 8:11 left in the fourth, and the Liberty held off San Antonio the rest of the way.
The Silver Stars got no closer than four until Roneeka Hodges' 3 with 44 seconds left pulled San Antonio to 75-72.
Pondexter lost the ball on the ensuing Liberty possession, but they got the ball back on a jump ball. Mitchell was fouled and made a free throw with 20.4 seconds to go, giving New York a four-point lead.
Hodges missed a long 3 on San Antonio's next possession. Essence Carson missed two free throws for the Liberty with 16.1 seconds left. The Silver Stars turned the ball over on their ensuing possession and Taj McWilliams-Franklin hit a free throw with 5.8 seconds remaining to seal the win.
After Mitchell hit a 3 to open the third quarter, San Antonio scored the next six points to take a 42-39 lead on Holdsclaw's layup with about 8 minutes to go in the period.
Pondexter had a layup and made two free throws to put the Liberty ahead 45-44 nearly 2½ minutes later. Snow follwed with two free throws of her own to regain San Antonio's lead.
However, Pierson had hit a jumper to put New York ahead again, 47-46 near the midpoint of the third, and the Liberty didn't trail again. Pierson's hook shot gave the Liberty a five-point lead with 2:09 remaining in the period.
Greene made a jumper and then had a three-point play to give the Liberty a 23-13 lead in the opening minute of the second quarter.
Carson and Pierson made consecutive layups to push the lead to 12 with about 7½ minutes left in the first half.
Holdsclaw scored six points during the Silver Stars' 15-2 run that gave them a 32-31 lead, their first advantage of the game, with 1:34 to go in the second quarter.
Pondexter hit a 3 and Greene had a layup in the final minute of the half to give the Liberty leads, but Young's jumper with 7.4 seconds to go tied the score at 36-all at the break.