Overseas Update: Nov. 19, 2012
Posted: Nov. 19, 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 19, 2012.
Krystal Thomas – Jiangsu Phoenix (China): Thomas tallied 14 points and 21 rebounds in a 79-69 win over Shenda on Nov. 13. On Nov. 17, she came close to another double-double with 18 points and nine boards in a 78-68 loss. Follow Thomas on Twitter and be on the lookout for her next overseas blog this week.
Charde Houston – Maccabi Ashdod (Israel): It has been an interesting, chaotic week for Houston considering the escalated violence between Israel and Hamas. With games canceled/postponed and bombs literally going off just outside her window, her safety is the main concern right now. To communicate with Houston and to send her your well-wishes, follow Houston on Twitter.
Briana Gilbreath – Lider Pruszkow (Poland): In a 68-56 loss against Energa Torun (which includes former Mercury draft pick Brittany Spears), Gilbreath tallied seven points and eight rebounds. Lider P. is currently fifth place in the Polish League. Follow Gilbreath on Twitter here.
DeWanna Bonner – Nadezhda Orenburg (Russia): Bonner tallied an impressive 13 points and 17 rebounds in a 79-76 loss against Targoviste on Nov. 14. They bounced back with an 82-41 win over Energy Ivanovo on Nov. 18. Bonner posted 13 points and five rebounds in the win. Bonner, the previous Russian PBL Player of the Week, now leads the EuroLeague in rebounds (11.5) and is fifth in scoring (17.5).
Candice Dupree – Spartak (Russia): Spartak picked up two big wins this week defeating Imos Brno (Nicole Ohlde) 95-63 on Nov. 14 and Rostov 77-48 on Nov. 18. With such big leads, Dupree didn’t have to play much; she averaged 13.5 minutes per game, 8.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg. Dupree now ranks third in the EuroLeague in FG% (63.6).
Diana Taurasi – UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia): Taurasi and UMMC won both of their games this past week starting on Nov. 14 against CCC Polkowice, 66-57. Taurasi had four points, three assists, and two rebounds in the win. On Nov. 18, they picked up a huge victory over Chevakata 75-47. UMMC remains first in the Russian PBL. Taurasi is now fourth in the EuroLeague in scoring with 18.0 ppg.
Dymond Simon – Piestanske Cajky (Slovakia): Simon’s team tallied another 100-point game beating Ostrava 106-58. They currently remain in second place in the Extraliga standings at 10-2.
Nakia Sanford – Shinsegae One FX Hansae (South Korea): Sanford left Woorie Hansae (who now features Tina Thompson on their roster) to play for One FX. Sandord’s team actually played Woori Hansae on Nov. 18 and lost 56-54. Sandord had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. Follow Sanford on Twitter here.
Alexis Hornbuckle – Undecided
Penny Taylor – Undecided (finishing rehab on her knee)