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Posted by Ben York: Nov. 9, 2012

This week’s Mercury news:

  • Check out this week’s overseas report. Krystal Thomas, Diana Taurasi, Candice Dupree, Charde Houston and DeWanna Bonner all had a great week. Thus far, Mercury players are consistently lighting up scoreboards overseas.

  • Speaking of DeWanna Bonner, how awesome is it that she is pursuing her master’s degree?! Between her play on the court and infectious personality off it, she is impossible not to love.

  • Earlier this week, Krystal Thomas posted her best blog yet (in my humble opinion). She talks about the cultural differences that she’s observed so far between sports in America and China. Really great, insightful stuff.

  • College basketball season is almost underway! We’re posting news and links to our ‘Around the Web’ section daily regarding 2013’s top WNBA Draft prospects.

  • Quote of the week: “Just like two seconds ago because I'm trying to tell my driver I need to go to the store and he took me home instead. He never understands me! LOL!” – from DeWanna Bonner’s Q&A

  • Tweet of the week: “@Simply_KT: Gurl you shud see what they just made Kizer do at half time of her teams game.... Bwaaaa” – Nakia Sanford (Click here to read about what happened.)

  • Posted by Ben York: Nov. 5, 2012

    Daily links and Mercury news:

  • The weekly overseas report has been updated for all games played last week. It also has updated stats and scores for Krystal Thomas’ team, as those box scores have been corrected.

  • The ‘Around the Web’ section has a few new articles to it, mostly via ESPN as they begin to preview the upcoming collegiate season.

  • If you haven’t seen Diana Taurasi’s beautiful no-look pass yet, check out the 3:06 mark of this video.

  • We’re looking to tell more Mercury fan stories. Email with your unique story of being a Mercury fan and you could be featured in an article on!

  • Charde Houston played in her first overseas game this season. She and Maccabi Ashdod beat Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion 74-64.

  • Posted by Ben York: Nov. 2, 2012

    Here are your need-to-know Phoenix Mercury news items of the week.

  • Diana Taurasi has been named Week 2 MVP of the EuroLeague. With Candice Dupree Week 1 MVP, that means every week so far in the EuroLeague has been dominated by Mercury players. By the way, DeWanna Bonner isn’t far behind as she was named the third best performer of Week 2 (Dupree was fourth).

  • Don’t forget to check our Around the Web section for daily updates on Mercury news and top prospects in the 2013 WNBA Draft.

  • Krystal Thomas checked in with her first blog (of many) from China.

  • Quote of the Week: “I think the WWF soundtrack, probably. My brother, sister and I were big into wrestling back when we were younger and we used to blast the soundtrack in the house thinking we were cool [laughs].” – Sammy Prahalis

  • Tweet of the Week: “One of the best parts of being in China is that they love the NBA...therefore it'll be on TV!! Yaay!” – Krystal Thomas (@Simply_KT)

  • Posted by Ben York: Nov. 1, 2012

    Hi. I’m Ben.

    You may know me as the Phoenix Mercury’s Beat Writer. Or, @bjyork on Twitter. Or, maybe you have absolutely no clue who the heck I am (I’m guessing this applies to the majority of you reading this).

    For those who don’t know me, the answer to your question is Ann Strother.

    She’s why I’m a women’s basketball advocate and fan. Perhaps more importantly, she’s why I’m affiliated with the Mercury to this day.

    Discussing my ties to the Mercury probably makes the most sense for the first post in Ben’s Mercury Musings, right? I’m going out on a limb here, but I assume a total of 0 people would want to read someone’s Mercury blog who has little to no passion for the WNBA and, more specifically, the Phoenix Mercury.

    It might also help if you knew that no one was forcing me to write this blog. Rather, it’s something I want to do and love doing. I’ve previously written about women’s basketball for SLAM Magazine, SLAMonline, espnW, Complex Magazine, and pretty much anywhere else they’ll let me publish something about the WNBA.

    But writing about and covering the Phoenix Mercury holds a special place in my heart.

    You see, I grew up with Ann Strother who was traded to the Mercury on draft day 2006. We were both new students at the same middle school in seventh grade and formed a quick bond with basketball being the conduit. She and I would play one-on-one after school almost every day and I’d walk home with a huge grin on my face if I scored more than four points on her.

    Yes, she was about a foot taller than me at the time (probably still is) but it didn’t help that she was infinitely better at basketball than I was (and could ever hope to be).

    I’d go to her AAU tournaments and school games; our teams even scrimmaged against each other in high school at times. She went on to play college basketball at the University of Connecticut alongside someone by the name of Diana Taurasi.

    I moved to Phoenix not long after college but we kept in touch during her years at UConn, and certainly when she became a member of the Mercury in 2006.

    The rest, as they say, is history.

    The purpose of this blog is to keep you up to date with anything and everything related to the Phoenix Mercury. You, the X-Factor, are the best fans in the WNBA and deserve the best and most detailed coverage of the team.

    And that's exactly what we're going to give you.

    In short, it’s all Mercury…all the time.