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Elena Baranova | 28
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Position:  F
Born: Jan 28, 1972
Height: 6-5 /  1,96
Weight: 182  lbs. /  82,6  kg.
College : Russia
Career Highlights
  • Ranks fifth all-time in the WNBA in blocks (173)
  • Is the only WNBA player to record over 75 three-point field goals (103) and 135 blocks
  • Member of the 2001 WNBA Eastern Conference All-Star team
  • Tied for the WNBA single-game record for three-point field goals with seven recorded July 22, 1997 @ New York
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    2002: DNP in WNBA … 2003 Euroleague Final Four MVP … Averaged 11.3 ppg and 8.6 rpg on .435 shooting from the floor in the Euroleague Final Four … Played with UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia) in 2002-2003 averaging 12.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg … Shot .500 percent from the floor and .912 percent from the free-throw line.

    2001 Playoffs: Led the SOL in scoring (14.7 points per game), rebounds (18), field goal percentage (.455) and three-point field goal percentage (.545) in three-game Eastern Conferece semifinal series against New York

    2001: Named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, becoming the first SOL player and first player from Russia selected to play in the All-Star game ... Recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in the All-Star game...Led the WNBA in free throw percentage (.930) and ranked sixth in blocks (1.8 per game)...Led the SOL in rebounding (6.0) and ranked third in scoring (11.8 per game)...Was the SOL’s leading scorer in nine games and leading rebounder in 19 contests...Scored a game-high tying 21 points, team-high tying seven rebounds and three blocks in 72-67 OT win vs. Indiana on Aug. 10 ... Knocked down 100th career three-pointer Aug. 5 vs. Washington ... Made a club-record 36 consecutive free throw attempts from June 5 - July 22, a span of 21 games ... Scored game-high 21 points and recorded team-highs with seven rebounds and five assists July 7 vs. Sacramento ... Set a franchise record and career-high with six blocks June 22 @ Minnesota, becoming only the sixth WNBA player to record six blocks in a game ... Recorded first double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds June 21 @ Washington

    2000: Missed entire season due to a torn right anterior cruciate ligament suffered in April while playing for her professional team in Turkey...Underwent successful surgery on the knee in May

    1999: Led the Utah Starzz in three-point field goal percentage (.417) and ranked second in blocks (23)...Scored a season-high 20 points on Aug. 16 @ Houston...Grabbed 10 rebounds vs. Los Angeles on July 30...Tallied 14 points in 40 minutes July 6 vs. Detroit

    1998: Led Utah in rebounding (9.3 per game) and free throw percentage (.831) and ranked second on the team in scoring (12.9 points per game) and blocks (1.50 per game)...Ranked third in the league in rebounding, fifth in blocks and minutes (33.5 per game) and sixth in free throw percentage...Was Utah’s leading scorer in seven games and led the team in rebounding 12 times...Recorded nine double-doubles to rank third in the league...Missed 10 games due to tendenitis and a subtalar sublaxation (severe ankle injury)...Scored a season-high 22 points on July 6 in win vs. Sacramento...Pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds in a double-overtime loss to Houston on June 30...Also set career-highs in free throws attempted (11) and made (10) in that game

    1997: Led the league in blocks per game (2.25) and ranked fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.377) and sixth in three-pointers made (40) and attempted (106)...Set a WNBA single-game record with seven three-pointers in a 78-71 win @ New York on July 22...Scored season-high 26 points July 26 vs. Cleveland...Pulled down season-high 13 rebounds July 14 @ Houston...Recorded career-high six steals @ Los Angeles on July 11...Set a Utah record for most defensive rebounds in a game with 10 July 14 @ Houston...Set a team record for most blocked shots in a game with five accomplished on five occasions

    Other Pro Experience: Played for UMGK in Russia in 2001-02...Played with Villa Pini Chieti in Italy in 2000-01...Spent 1999-2000 season playing for Fenerbache Istanbul in Turkey and won the Turkish Cup...Played for CSKA in Russia (1994-99) and won three consecutive national titles and European Ronchetti Cup in 1997...Was the 1996 European Cup third-leading scorer (22 points per game) and second-leading rebounder (12 per game)...Played for Elitzur Kholon in Israel from 1992-94...Was a member of Dynamo Moscow in Russia from 1989-92...Started playing professionally in 1988 at the age of 16...Played in four official games for the Mytischi Bison, a men’s team in the Moscow Regional League in 1999

    National Team Experience: Has been a member of the Russian and Soviet Union National Teams since 1989 and has represented her nation in two Olympics...Helped lead Russia to the finals of the 2001 European Championships, averaging 12.3 points, 9.6 rebounds 1.8 blocks in eight games …Represented Russia in the 1998 FIBA Women’s World Championship in Germany ...Named tournament MVP as she led Russia to the silver medal...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)…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)…In 1992, played for the Unified Team that won gold at the Olympics in Barcelona...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...Joined the Soviet National Team for the first time in 1989


  • Name is pronounced “yih-LANE-nuh bah-RAH-no-vuh”
  • Wants to be a physical education teacher or a coach when playing career ends

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