Absences highlight opening day

Game roll call:

The Liberty topped the Stars, 73-64, but New York coach Bill Laimbeer called his team’s performance “awful.”

During the game there was tension between Liberty guard Brittany Boyd and Stars vet Monique Currie. They had to be separated.

Kelsey Plum and Moriah Jefferson sat out of San Antonio’s first game with injuries.

On a positive note, San Antonio coach Vickie Johnson was honored at Madison Square Garden in her coaching debut.

Storm forward Breanna Stewart and point guard Sue Bird missed today’s opener against the Sparks with knee injuries, and both are day-to-day.

Los Angeles, missing Candace Parker, Jantel Lavender and Essence Carson overseas, still beat Seattle, 78-68.

In the third game of the day, the Angel McCoughtry-less Dream held off the Sun, 81-74.

Tomorrow’s quadruple-header schedule:

Stars at Mystics

Wings at Mercury

Fever at Storm

Sky at Lynx

WNBA team news:

Strong finish, continuity have Storm on cusp of greater success.

The Stars could be poised for another breakthrough season.

WNBA player news:

Maya Moore renewed her spirit and then upped her game for the Lynx.

Skylar Diggins has added a husband and a hyphen. She is a player to watch.

The Liberty’s Rebecca Allen has found direction as the season tips off.

The orange trio is set to begin the WNBA season.

Former Cal Bears are also ready to start the season.

Temi Fegbenle has an opening tip for the Lynx.

UConn players in the WNBA.

WNBA coach news:

Podcast with Sparks coach Brian Agler.

College player news:

The sky is the limit for UConn’s Kia Nurse.