Overseas Update: Nov. 5, 2012
Posted: Nov. 5, 2012
Every Monday throughout the WNBA off-season, PhoenixMercury.com will provide the X-Factor with weekly updates on how Mercury players are performing overseas.
To see an interactive map of the country each Mercury player is in, along with stats and schedules, click here.
The following updates include games played through November 5, 2012.
Krystal Thomas – Jiangsu Phoenix (China): Thomas scored 14 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in an Oct. 30 game against Guangdong, 83-66. She previously scored 18 points and grabbed 11 boards in an 84-62 loss versus Bayi. Most recently, she scored 16 points and had 21 rebounds in a 65-57 loss against Yunnan (source: asia-basket.com). Follow Thomas on Twitter and catch up with her life overseas via her first blog.
Charde Houston – Maccabi Ashdod (Israel): Houston and Maccabi Ashdod plays their first game today (Nov. 5) against Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (Tiffany Hayes). Be sure to follow Houston on Twitter for unique insight into her daily life overseas and be on the lookout for her forthcoming fashion blog on PhoenixMercury.com.
Sammy Prahalis – Maccabi Ramat Hen (Israel): Prahalis plays her first game next week (Nov. 12) against Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (Tiffany Hayes). Prahalis recently posted another entry in her weekly blog, “Sammy’s Life in Israel.” To read the light-hearted interview, click here.
Briana Gilbreath – Lider Pruszkow (Poland): Gilbreath’s team beat Gorzow 68-54 on Nov. 3. She posted nine points, five rebounds and three assists in the win. They next face SSA Gdynia on Nov. 10. Follow Gilbreath on Twitter here.
DeWanna Bonner – Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia): Bonner and Nadezhda O. lost two games this past week, but Bonner continued her stellar start to the overseas season. On Nov. 1, they lost to Familia Shio (Danielle McCray, Jantel Lavender) 72-64. DB tallied 19 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. She followed that performance with 16 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in a losing effort to Dynamo K. (Epiphanny Prince, Michelle Snow, Shay Murphy and Temeka Johnson) on Nov. 4, 65-60.
Candice Dupree – Spartak (Russia): After being named EuroLeague Week 1 MVP, Dupree and Spartak began the week by beating Bourges 84-62 on Oct. 31. Dupree posted 22 points (10-13 shooting) and seven rebounds in the victory. On Nov. 4, Dupree had 10 points and six rebounds in an 80-62 loss against Dynamo M. (Kristi Toliver, Laura Harper). She currently is second in the EuroLeague in scoring (24.0 ppg) behind the Mercury’s Diana Taurasi. See highlights of week 2 play here.
Diana Taurasi – UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia): In her first EuroLeague game on Oct. 31, Taurasi earned Week 2 EuroLeague MVP honors after a 25 point, eight rebound and seven assist performance in a win against Novi Zagreb (Leilani Mitchell, Courtney Vandersloot), 83-77. She followed that outing with 16 points, six rebounds and two assists in an 81-58 blowout versus Dynamo CUVD (Sidney Spencer) on Nov. 3. Taurasi currently ranks first in the EuroLeague in scoring (25.0 ppg) and second in assists (7.0 apg). See highlights of week 2 play here.
Dymond Simon – Piestanske Cajky (Slovakia): Simon’s team, Piestanske Cajky, gained a victory over Petrzalka, 86-81, on Nov. 3. Her team is currently sitting at 8-2 and in second place in the Extraliga standings. Stats/box scores are unavailable at this time.
Lynetta Kizer – KB Stars (South Korea): Kizer arrived in South Korea last week and has been practicing with the KB Stars. She hasn’t played in any games, but has been actively involved in the halftime festivities. Follow Kizer on Twitter here.
Alexis Hornbuckle – Undecided
Penny Taylor – Undecided (finishing rehab on her knee)