By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com
Posted: Dec. 10, 2012
Every Monday throughout the WNBA off-season, PhoenixMercury.com will provide the X-Factor with weekly updates on how Mercury players are performing
To see an interactive map of the country each Mercury player is in, along with stats and schedules, click here.
The following updates include games played through December 10, 2012.
Jiangsu Phoenix (China): Riding a four-game winning
streak, Thomas continues to put up impressive numbers in China. Her best game last week came in a 74-64 win over Bayi where she scored 28 points and pulled
down 21 rebounds. Follow Thomas on Twitter and check out her overseas blog this week for some exciting, fun news.
Maccabi Ashdod (Israel): Houston and Maccabi Ashdod
are still undefeated at 5-0 and remain in first place in the Israeli League. In a win over Elitzur Netanya, Houston had 15 points to lead Ashdod. She is
averaging 16.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 55% shooting and 50% from the 3-point line.
Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia): Averaging 17.8 points and 11.7 rebounds
in the EuroLeague, Bonner tallied 19 points and 12 rebounds in an 80-70 win over Arras on Dec. 5. However, Kristi Toliver and Crystal Langhornes Dynamo M.
were too much for Nadezhda as they fell 88-68 on Dec. 9. They are now 5-2 in the Russian PBL.
Spartak (Russia): On Dec. 5, Dupree had 14 points and
seven rebounds in a 70-68 win over Rivas Ecopolis. She followed that performance with 14 points and nine boards in a 79-72 victory over Chevakata on Dec.
9. Dupree and Spartak remain in fifth place in the Russian PBL at 5-2. She is averaging 14 points and 6.8 rebounds in the EuroLeague while shooting a
blistering 59% from the floor.
UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia): Still undefeated, Taurasi
and UMMC picked up huge wins over Galatasaray (71-70) and Dynamo K. (77-66) last week. Against Galatasaray (Lindsay Whalen, Sancho Lyttle, Sylvia Fowles)
on Dec. 5, Taurasi led UMMC with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Against Dynamo K. on Dec. 9, she tallied 22 points, three rebounds and seven
assists. Taurasi is averaging 16.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the EuroLeague.
KB Stars (South Korea): Kizer and the SB Stars
played three games in the past week. In a 68-65 loss against Tina Thompsons Woori Hansae, Kizer started her double-double streak with 21 points and 12 rebounds. They
played Woori Hansae again on Dec. 6, this time victorious (62-58), with Kizer adding 16 points and 10 rebounds. Finally, to end the week on Dec. 9 against
One FX, Kizer had 15 points and 15 rebounds in the 66-64 loss. Follow Kizer on Twitter here.
Hornbuckle will play for Elitzur Holon when she heads to Israel later this year.
Undecided (finishing rehab on her knee)