After stumbling through what was starting to look like a lost season, the New York Liberty have found some traction.
However, they'll still likely need to improve their play on the road for a chance at the postseason.
New York seeks its first road victory since its season opener when it visits the San Antonio Stars on Wednesday night.
The Liberty (7-11) have won three in a row and four of five to move within one game of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They knocked off defending champion Minnesota with an 87-80 home victory on Sunday.
However, they own the league's worst road record at 1-7, only beating Connecticut on May 16. New York has two more home games prior to the All-Star break, then plays eight of its final 13 on the road.
"It's time for us to stand up on the road," coach Bill Laimbeer said. "We've been competitive. Now it's time for us to win on the road. If we are going to get to the playoffs we have to get some road wins."
Tina Charles has helped key the Liberty's recent surge, scoring 60 points over her last two games, including a career-high 32 along with 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double Sunday. She's 27 for 40 in her last two contests after averaging 12.0 points on 35.3 percent shooting in her previous four.
New York sent Kelsey Bone and its 2014 and 2015 first-round picks to Connecticut on draft day in exchange for Charles, the 2012 league MVP.
"She's very comfortable right now with who this team is and what her responsibilities are both on and off the court," Laimbeer said. "It is showing in her quality of play."
The Stars (7-10) have conversely struggled at home, going 3-6 and not winning there since a 101-74 victory over Los Angeles on June 14.
However, they come off a four-game trip in which they were 3-1 while limiting opponents to 68.7 points in those victories. Kayla McBride hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in a 71-70 win Saturday at Indiana after San Antonio had trailed by 13 with 5:36 left.
"Our defense was what did it for us," said McBride, who scored 14. "We were down with four minutes to go and just got stop after stop."
San Antonio won its fifth straight regular-season meeting, 87-75 at New York on June 5. The Stars were 8 of 17 from 3-point range with reserve Jia Perkins hitting 3 of 6 to finish with 17 points. Sophia Young-Malcolm scored 18 on 8-of-9 shooting.
Cappie Pondexter was just 2 of 10 with five points for New York while Charles scored 11.
The Liberty haven't defeated the Stars since a 76-73 win in San Antonio on July 8, 2011.
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