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  InterBasket > Player Profiles > Maria Stepanova, Russia > talk From Maria Stepanova collected her share of awards after a tremendous year in 2005. The 202-cm center was named the 2005 FIBA Europe Player of the Year and was the EuroBasket Women 2005 Most Valuable Player on Russia’s silver medal team after averaging 18 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in the competition. …. She was the centrepiece of Samara’s team that won the 2005 EuroLeague title. With Samara trailing in the championship game, Stepanova scored nine points and grabbed three offensive rebounds in the last five minutes as Samara came from behind to win 69-66. She has continued to put big numbers for Samara this season. In her team’s first 11 games, she has averaged 11.4 rebounds a game, second-best in the Euroleague Women, and 2.3 blocks, which is tops in the league. …. She earned an Olympic bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Games, and was a member of the 2000 and 1996 Russian Olympic teams. …. From 1998-2001, she played in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury. …. Stepanova first began playing basketball when she was 10 years old.
Maria Stepanova Profile

Name: Maria Stepanova
Nickname: N/A
Born: February 23, 1979
Status: Active
Origin: Shpakovskoe, Russia (grew up in Tosno, Russia)
Height: 6-8/2,02m
Weight: 187lbs/89,2kg
Schools: N/A
Drafted: 1999, First Round, Eigth overall by the Phoenix Mercury
Languages: Russian, English
Website: InterBasket & Maria Stepanova Yahoo! Fan Club
Teams (jersey): Russian National Team, Forse-Majore, CSKA, BK Gambrinus, Phoenix Mercury
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Maria Stepanova Links  From our forum: Women's Basketball Forum, WNBA Forum  Articles and other resources: Maria Stepanova Photo Gallery (Yahoo!), Stepanova Leads 2005 Eurobasket All-Tournament Team (Eurobasket2005), Fiba Europe Profile (FibaEurope)