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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).

Maria Stepanova
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Personal information
Born (1979-02-23) February 23, 1979 (age 40)
Shpakovskoye, Stavropol Krai, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
NationalityRussian
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
WNBA draft1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Mercury
PositionCenter
Career history
1998–2001, 2005Phoenix 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.

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