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  InterBasket > Player Profiles > Elena Baranova, Russia From It should be noted that Baranova, while having a prolific career in womenís basketball across the globe, has also played for Mytischi Bison, a highly competitive menís team. This fact alone should dispel any myths about women not being able to compete with men. She started playing professionally at the age of 16.  Baranova started playing professionally in 1988 at the age of 16. She was a member of Dynamo Moscow in Russia from 1989-92. She played for Elitzur Kholon in Israel from 1992-94. In 1996 she was the European Cupís third-leading scorer (22 points per game) and second-leading rebounder (12 per game). Playing for CSKA in Russia (1994-99), Baranova won three consecutive national titles and European Ronchetti Cup in 1997. She played in four official games for the Mytischi Bison, a menís team in the Moscow Regional League in 1999. She spent the 1999-2000 season playing for Fenerbache Istanbul in Turkey and won the Turkish Cup. Baranova played for UMGK in Russia in 2001-02. She played with Villa Pini Chieti in Italy in 2000-01.

National Team Experience: Baranova has been a member of the Russian and Soviet Union National Teams since 1989 and has represented her nation in two Olympics. Baranova Joined the Soviet National Team for the first time in 1989. She also played for the Soviet National Team which won the gold medal at the 1991 European Championship, the last event in which the Soviet Union competed. In 1992, Baranova played for the Unified Team that won gold at the Olympics in Barcelona. She captured the bronze as a member of the Russian team at the 1995 European Championship, finishing second on the team in scoring (12.7 points per game) and first in rebounds (7.7 per game). Baranova played for Russia for the 1996 Olympics where she was the top rebounder (13.1 per game) and second-leading scorer (20.3 points per game). She also represented Russia in the 1998 FIBA Womenís World Championship in Germany and was named tournament MVP as she led Russia to the silver medal. Baranova helped lead Russia to the finals of the 2001 European Championships, averaging 12.3 points, 9.6 rebounds 1.8 blocks in eight games.

Elena Baranova Profile

Name: Elena Baranova
Nickname: N/A
Born: January 28, 1972
Status: Active
Origin: Bishek, Kyrgyzstan
Height: 6-5/1,96m
Weight: 182lbs/82,6kg
Schools: Moscow Academy of Sport, Moscow 1995
Languages: Russian, English
Website: InterBasket
Teams (jersey): Soviet National Team (8), UMGK (Russia), Mytischi Bison, Fenerbache Istanbul (Turkey), Villa Pini Chieti (Italy), Utah Starzz, Miami Sol, New York Liberty (28)
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