The Stars won thanks to a strong first quarter and slick midcourt play from Gina Crampton and Mila Reuelu-Buchanan. The visitors led 20-12 at the half with just one shot on target.
The Pulse fought back in the second quarter, with the midcourt ties running more seamlessly into shooters Aliyah Dunn and Te Amo Amaru-Tibble, but the Stars led 30-26 at the break.
The second half was evenly contested, with Silver Ferns shooter Maia Wilson’s combination with goal attack Jamie Hume proving successful against added pressure from the Pulse’s through-court defence.
Wilson made 44 of 50 shots and Hume made 10 of 12, while Aliyah Dunn (36 of 39) and Te Amo Amaru-Tibble (17 of 19) were both consistent.
In Invercargill, the Southern Steel defeated the Tactix, last year’s beaten finalists, 54-36 in the second game of the day.
After 15 minutes, the two teams couldn’t be split at 11-11, but the Steel found their stride in the second quarter to lead 25-19 at halftime.
They outscored the Tactix 13-11 in the third quarter before dominating the fourth quarter 16-6.
The Steel midcourt, led by Silver Fern Shannon Saunders, was well-drilled and efficient, supplying a steady supply of ball to goal shooter George Fisher.
The English international missed just three of her 49 attempts on target as the Steel outshot the Tactix 48 to 63.
On Monday night, the Mystics will face the Magic in the third match of the Premiership’s first round in Auckland.