Phoenix Mercury Offseason Overseas Update: Week 7

Kesley Bone | Center #3 | Liaoning Hengye (China)

Kelsey Bone and Liaoning Hengye wrapped up second stage play in the Chineese League on December 13 with a 78-66 win over Sichuan. Despite scoring just 10 points on 5-of-20 shooting, Bone grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds in the win and had five assists. Liaoning then extended its win streak to a season-best three games on December 15 with an 84-78 win to open up the third stage of play. Bone nearly recorded a triple-double with 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. The team’s win streak was snapped, however, two days later after Liaoning fell to Heilongjiang 55-76. Bone recorded her fifth-straight double-double (15th overall) in the Chinese League this season after finishing with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Through 24 games in China this season, the Mercury center is averaging 26.8 points and 11.7 rebounds.

Upcoming Games This Week: December 20: Liaoning Hengye at Sichuan; December 24: Liaoning Hengye at Sichuam

Brittney Griner | Center #42 | UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)

Brittney Griner and UMMC Ekaterinburg picked up another EuroLeague win against undefeated Nadezhda on December 14, winning 88-59. Battling foul trouble, Griner saw just 10 minutes of play, finishing with six points and four rebounds. The Olympic gold-medalist shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Griner did not play in Ekat’s Russian League game on December 18. The team will not play again until January 5 when Ekat takes on CCC Polkowice, which features Mercury center Izzy Harrison.

Upcoming Games This Week: None

Alex Harden | Guard #15 | Hapoel Zichron Maagan Michael (Israel)

Alex Harden and her Israeli League team went 1-1 over its last two games, falling 53-66 on December 12 and winning 72-67 on December 19. Harden struggled in the loss on the 12th, scoring 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field. Despite the shooting woes, the Mercury guard recorded six steals and eight rebounds. In the win on the 19th, Harden just missed out on a triple-double, finishing with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The former Wichita State standout shot 58.3-percent (7-of-12) from the field and knocked down one of her two three-point attempts. Harden continues to impress overseas through five games, as she leads her team in points (17.4 ppg), rebounds (9.4 rpg) and assists (4.2 apg).

Upcoming Games This Week: December 22: Hapoel Zichron Maagan Michael at Maccabi Ashdod; December 26: Hapoel Zichron Maagan Michael vs. Elitzur Holon

Isabelle Harrison | Center #20 | CCC Polkowice (Poland)

Isabelle Harrison did not play in either of CCC Polkowice’s games on December 14 and 17. Harrison has appeared in nine games for Polkowice this season and is averaging 12.2 points and five rebounds per game.

Upcoming Games This Week: December 21: Polish League, CCC Polkowice vs. Energa Torun

Sonja Petrovic | Forward #5 | ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Republic)

Sonja Petrovic averaged 18 points and 8.5 rebounds in USK Praha’s last two games this past week. After losing for the first time on December 7, Praha dropped its second-straight EuroLeague game on December 14 despite a big performance from Petrovic. The Mercury forward scored 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss. Praha got back on the winning track three days later, picking up a 93-51 win in ZBL League on December 17. Petrovic saw 21 minutes of action, recording 12 points and nine rebounds. Petrovic and Praha will not be back in action until January 4 when the team attempts to snap its two-game losing streak in the EuroLeague.

Upcoming Games This Week: None

Diana Taurasi | Guard #32 | UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)

Diana Taurasi saw action in just one of UMMC Ekaterinburg’s two games this past week, helping lead Ekat to an 88-59 win on December 14. The win moved Ekat to 5-1 in EuroLeague play, placing the team atop of the Group B standings. Taurasi knocked down three three-pointers and finished 5-of-9 from the field en route to 15 points in the win. Taurasi, who was recently just named the 2016 USA Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for the fourth time in her career, did not play in Ekaterinburg’s game on December 18. She, and Ekat, will not be back in action until January 5 when the team takes on Izzy Harrison and CCC Polkowice.

Upcoming Games This Week: None

Marta Xargay | Guard #10 | ZVVZ USK Praha (Czech Republic)

Marta Xargay saw action in both of USK Praha’s two games this past week, averaging 11 points in each of them. Xargay finished with eight points and five rebounds in Praha’s 71-75 loss on December 14, as the team dropped its second-straight EuroLeague game. The Olympic silver-medalist bounced back from the loss by scoring 14 points in 18 minutes of play on December 17. Xargay shot 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from the field and recorded three steals. Xargay and Praha will not be back in action again until January 4 when the team resumes EuroLeague play following the holidays.

Upcoming Games This Week: None

Not Overseas Yet: Candice Dupree (ZVVZ USK Praha)