By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com
Posted: Jan. 14, 2013
Every Monday throughout the WNBA off-season, PhoenixMercury.com will provide the X-Factor with weekly updates on how Mercury players are performing
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The following updates include games played through January 14, 2013.
Jiangsu Phoenix (China): Thomas enters the quarterfinals in China against Shanxi on Jan. 15. "The Machine" is averaging 18 points and 14.7 rebounds for Jiangsu while shooting 64 percent from the floor.
Maccabi Ashdod (Israel): Houston and Maccabi Ashdod
remain undefeated at 12-0 in the Israeli League. With just four games left in the regular season, Houston is putting up stellar numbers for Ashdod. She currently averages 18.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 51 percent shooting.
Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia): Although they lost in the game for third place in the Russian Cup to Dynamo Moscow, Bonner continues to put up all-around stellar numbers for Nadezhda. She currently averages 13.3 points and 7.2 rebounds for the club while shooting 56 percent from the floor and 92 percent from the free-throw line (23-25). They continue play against the Romanian club, Targoviste.
Spartak (Russia): Dupree and Spartak lost out on the Russian Cup to Mercury teammate Diana Taurasis UMMC. Dupree averages 10.0 points and 5.1 rebounds and hasnt missed a free-throw the entire season (18-18). Dupree also is shooting 56.2 percent from the floor. She and Spartak next face IMOS Brno (Nicole Ohlde) on Jan. 17. .
UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia): Taurasi and UMMC beat their rivals, Spartak (featuring Taurasis Mercury teammate Candice Dupree), to win the Russian Cup on Jan. 13. Taurasi is amongst the EuroLeague leaders in points (16.3) and assists (5.0) while adding 4.8 rebounds and shooting 52 percent from the floor. They next face CCC Polkowice on Jan. 16.
KB Stars (South Korea): On Dec. 12, Kizer and
the KB Stars fell to the S-Birds 80-71. Kizer had eight points and nine rebounds in the loss. They bounced back on Dec. 16 with a 62-54 win over Bichumi
behind Kizers double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Elitzur Holon (Israel): Hornbuckle has played in five games for Elitzur Holon and the team has gone 4-1 during that span. She leads the team in scoring at 18 points per game while also averaging 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Like Houston, Hornbuckle's team has just four games remaining in the regular season.
Undecided (finishing rehab on her knee)