Maria Stepanova

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Maria Stepanova
Born (1979-02-23) February 23, 1979 (age 36)
Shpakovskoye, Stavropol Krai, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russia
Height 6 ft 7.8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg)
WNBA career 1998–2001
Maria Stepanova
Medal record
Competitor for  Russia
Women's Basketball
Olympic Games
Bronze 2004 Athens Team Competition
Bronze 2008 Beijing Team Competition

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).

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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