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Maria Alexandrovna Stepanova (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 the time she played in the WNBA, her height of 201 cm, made her 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) were taller than her. She wore 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, in Stavropol Krai of the former Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union, and grew up in Tosno, Leningrad Oblast.

See also

  • Photo Gallery - Photos featuring Maria Stepanova