By Ben York, PhoenixMercury.com
Posted: Feb. 11, 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 11, 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): Houston and Maccabi Ashdod play their final game of the regular season today (Feb. 11) against Maccabi Ramat Hen. At 15-0, Houston is averaging 18.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists for Ashdod.
Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia): Bonner and Nadezhda picked up two nice wins over the past week. The first came against Arras on Feb. 6 where she tallied 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists in an 89-71 victory. She then had an impressive double-double (18 points, 13 rebounds) in a 73-67 win over Energy Ivanovo on Feb. 10.
Spartak (Russia): Candice Dupree and Spartak returned to their winning ways beating Rivas Ecopol 72-61 on Feb. 6. Dupree had 13 points, four rebounds and two steals in the win. Dupree averages 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds for Spartak while shooting 56.2 percent from the floor (and, no, she still hasn't missed a free-throw).
UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia): Taurasi and UMMC continue to prove they are the team to beat both in the PBL and EuroLeague. Against Galatasaray on Feb. 6, Taurasi led UMMC to a 61-45 win with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. They easily beat Chevakata just four days later on Feb. 10, 77-64. UMMC is 12-1 in the PBL and poised to be the top seed in the EuroLeague playoffs.
KB Stars (South Korea): Kizer continues to nurse a minor ankle injury, and the KB Stars lost both of their games over the past week in her absence, both to the S-Birds. On Feb. 9, they fell 79-75 and on Feb. 11 they lost 87-70. They not sit at 13-18 on the year and are in 4th place in the WKBL.
Elitzur Holon (Israel): Hornbuckle and Elitzur Holon fell to Elitzur Ramla, 69-65, on Feb. 4. Buck tallied 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the loss. They play their final game of the regular season today against Elitzur Neta.
Undecided (finishing rehab on her knee)