Posted: Feb. 9, 2011
The Mercury will once again span the globe this offseason, playing ball and vacationing all over the world. As far as what they have been up to so far, here is the latest. Check back with PhoenixMercury.com throughout the fall and winter to keep up to date with their happenings and play.
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MERCURY FORWARD DEWANNA BONNER:
Bonner was named a reserve for the EuroLeague All-Star game representing the “Rest of the World” team who will take on Europe’s best in Gdynia, Poland, on March 8. The All-Star selection comes after averaging 18.8 points and 8.5 rebounds in 12 Euroleague contests. UMMC Ekaterinberg eliminated Bonner and Rivas Ecopolis in the first round of the EuroLeague playoffs. Rivas has nine games remaining in Spanish League play where they sit in third place with a 12-5 record..
MERCURY CENTER KARA BRAXTON:
Braxton is playing with Liaoning in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association where her team boasts a 12-7 record and sits in fifth place.
MERCURY FORWARD CANDICE DUPREE:
Dupree was voted a EuroLeague All-Star representing the “Rest of the World” team after recording 16.5 points and 9.8 rebounds in 12 EuroLeague contests. Dupree and Good Angels Kosice have pushed their EuroLeague first round playoff series with Bourges Basket to a decisive Game 3 on Feb. 9. Kosice is a perfect 15-0 in Extraliga play.
MERCURY GUARD SEQUOIA HOLMES:
Holmes is averaging 16.3 points and 7.9 rebounds through 12 games with Wasserburg in DBBL German League play. Wasserburg is tied for second with a 14-3 record and five games remaining.
MERCURY GUARD TEMEKA JOHNSON:
Johnson recently began playing in Russia.
MERCURY GUARD TAYLOR LILLEY:
Taylor is enjoying downtime at home with her mother and dog, Louie, while preparing for the 2011 Mercury season.
MERCURY FORWARD BROOKE SMITH:
Smith averaged 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds in 10 EuroLeague games (eight with Taranto, Italy). After the holiday break, Smith transferred to Tarbes Gespe Bigorre in France who is 11-3 in French League action and in second place with 11 games remaining.
MERCURY GUARD KETIA SWANIER:
Swanier is averaging 13.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists through eight games with Lotos Gdynia, who is 12-7 (sixth place) in Polish League action with five games remaining.
MERCURY FORWARD PENNY TAYLOR:
Taylor filled out the stats sheet with 16 points, three rebounds and four assists in Fenerbache's 77-64 win over Lotos Gdynia on Jan. 14. Fenerbach remains undefeated at 9-0.
Stay tuned for more exciting Euroleague action!