Maria Alexandrovna Stepanova (Russian: Мари́я Алекса́ндровна Степа́нова; born February 23, 1979) is a Russian professional and Olympic basketball player. In the United States, she played for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
|Born||February 23, 1979|
Shpakovskoye, Stavropol Krai, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||187 lb (85 kg)|
|WNBA draft||1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Mercury|
|1998–2001, 2005||Phoenix Mercury|
|Career highlights and awards|
At a height of 201 cm, she is the fourth-tallest player in the league (along with Katie Feenstra, Zheng Haixia and Lindsay Taylor). These players such as Margo Dydek, at 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m), Heidi Gillingham at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), and Allyssa DeHaan at 6 ft 9 inches (2.06m) are taller than her. She wears a size 15 (US) / 48 (EU) shoe. Though in the Russian national team, she has been overtaken by Ekaterina Lisina in being the tallest member.
Stepanova was born in the village of Shpakovskoye (now the town of Mikhaylovsk, in Stavropol Krai of the former Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union, and grew up in Tosno, Leningrad Oblast.
Honours and awardsEdit
- Honoured Master of Sports of Russia
- Medal of the Order For Merit to the Fatherland, 1st class (2 August 2009) - for outstanding contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high achievements in sports at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008
- 3× FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year (2005, 2006, 2008)