CLEVELAND (AP) _ Suzie McConnell Serio directed a potent Cleveland offense and top draft pick Cindy Blodgett hit a couple of big baskets as the Rockers beat the New York Liberty 78-71 Thursday night.

The season-opening win erased some bad memories for the Rockers, who missed a playoff spot last season by losing to the Liberty in the final game.

McConnell Serio finished the night with 10 assists and 10 points as Cleveland had four players score in double figures.

McConnell Serio's court-length pass to Rushia Brown, who hit a short jumper, increased Cleveland's lead to 69-55 with 5:09 left and put the game out of reach for New York, despite a late run that made the final score look respectable.

Brown finished with 15 points and Janice Braxton led Cleveland with 17.

Sophia Witherspoon scored 19 points for the Liberty. Rebecca Lobo had 12 points, but picked up two quick fouls and missed 11 minutes of the first half.

That's when the Rockers took control of the game with an 11-0 run that started when Blodgett, a two-time NCAA scoring champ Blodgett from Maine, hit her first pro shot, a 14-foot jumper off a feed from McConnell Serio.

Blodgett also hit a 3-pointer with 9:41 left in the game that gave Cleveland its biggest lead at 61-44. She finished with seven points.

A minute after Blodgett's first basket, McConnell Serio picked off a pass intended for Teresa Weatherspoon, drove the length of the floor and scored. She then capped the run with a 3-pointer with 5:34 left that made it 34-22.

Notes: Official attendance for the game was 17,911, the third highest in WNBA history ... Novelist Stephen King, his wife and a few other friends of Blodgett's from Maine were on hand to see her pro debut ... WNBA president Val Ackerman was on hand and tossed a ceremonial tip-off.