By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com
Posted: Feb. 4, 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 February 4, 2013.
Jiangsu Phoenix (China): Thomas and the Jiangsu Phoenix lost to Maya Moore's Shanxi in the playoffs, thus ending Thomas' season in China. For the year, Thomas averaged 17.6 points, 14.1 rebounds, and shot 63.6% from the floor. Read Thomas' final overseas blog about Chinese cuisine here and be on the lookout for more posts from "The Machine" coming soon.
Maccabi Ashdod (Israel): I feel like a broken record...in a good way! Houston and Maccabi Ashdod remain undefeated at 15-0 with just one game left in the regular season coming on Feb. 11 against Maccabi Ramat Hen. Houston is averaging 18.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists for her team.
Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia): On Jan. 30 against Uniqua, Bonner tallied eight points and seven rebounds in a 74-68 win. She followed that performance with an impressive double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) in a big victory over Spartak (Dupree, Hammon, Augustus) on Feb. 3. Averaging 13.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and shooting 54.9 percent from the floor, Bonner and Nadezhda Orenburg next face Arras on Feb. 6.
Spartak (Russia): At 8-4, Dupree and Spartak are in 4th place in the PBL, falling behind to Bonner's Nadezhda Orenburg squad whom they lost to on Feb. 3, 80-79. Dupree averages 9.6 points and 5.0 rebounds for Spartak while shooting 56.4 percent from the floor (and still hasn't missed a free-throw). Their next game is against Rivas Ecopol on Feb. 6.
UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia): In a tough loss against Perfumerias (65-57) on Jan. 30, Taurasi had 20 points and seven rebounds. Thus, there are no longer any undefeated teams in the EuroLeague. She and UMMC followed up the loss, however, with a blowout of Spartak N. 78-52. Taurasi is averaging 14.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the club. They have a huge game coming up against Galatasaray (Whalen) on Feb. 6 which should impact playoff positioning.
KB Stars (South Korea): Returning from an ankle injury on Feb. 1, Kizer had an impressive 23 points and 10 rebounds in an 82-75 win over Winnus. She put up another double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) on Feb. 3 against Bichumi, this time in a 67-62 loss. Kizer and the KB Stars have six games left in the regular season in South Korea.
Elitzur Holon (Israel): Buck and Elitzur Holon play today, Feb. 4, against Elitzur Ramla whom they last played on Dec. 21 and lost 86-62. However, this was prior to Hornbuckle's arrival with the team. In her seven games with the club, Hornbuckle is averaging 17.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists. They have two games left in the regular season.
Undecided (finishing rehab on her knee)