Players

  • Maria Stepanova
  • #8
  • Center — Phoenix Mercury

2007 Statistics

PPG
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RPG
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APG
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EFF
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Born: Feb 23, 1979
Height: 6-8 / 2,03
Weight: 187 lbs. / 84,8 kg.
College:Russia
Years Pro: 5








Background

2001:
Played in all 32 regular season games, starting 31...averaged 10.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game...ranked among WNBA leaders in several categories: sixth in field goal percentage at .507, 12th in rebounding with 6.3 per game and fourth in blocks at 2.0 per game...led the Mercury in blocked shots 23 times and rebounding on 18 occasions… tallied 15 points and a career-high five assists on 7/21…broke her career-high by scoring 20 points on 7/26 vs. Detroit...Grabbed 11 rebounds on 8/6 at Los Angeles.

2000:
Finished her third WNBA season averaging 3.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 11.3 mpg in 15 games… shot .444 (24-54) from the field… had a season-high 9 points (4-12 FG, 1-2 FT), including 6 in the first half, and 6 rebounds in a season-high 26 minutes off the bench in a 57-76 loss at Los Angeles on 6/10… shot .500 or better from the field in seven games and Phoenix was 6-1 in those games… led the team in rebounds five times and in blocks six times … at home, Stepanova averaged 3.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 12.5 minutes, and on the road, she averaged 3.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 10.9 minutes … dating back to the 1999 season, she had blocked at least one shot in 19 consecutive games, until the streak was snapped on 6/3 at Houston… placed on the injured list on 7/19 after missing five games (7/6-7/14) due to a torn meniscus in her right knee… underwent surgery to repair the tear on 7/8.

1999:
Finished her second WNBA season averaging 7.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.9 bpg and 17.3 mpg in 32 games… recorded four consecutive double-doubles beginning with her first career double-double scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds vs. New York on 8/6, then scored a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes at Sacramento on 8/7, 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds vs. Minnesota on 8/9, 16 points and 10 rebounds vs. Detroit on 8/11… had a career-high 6 blocked shots and 6 rebounds in 19 minutes of action in a 66-60 win at Detroit on 6/26… in her first WNBA start had a double-double and a team leading 12 rebounds, 12 points and 2 blocks in 31 minutes in a 70-60 loss at Houston on 8/18…Ranked second in the league in blocks per game (1.94)…ranked 11th in the league in field goal percentage (.485, 96-198)…Tied for 19th in the league in rebounds per game (5.1)…recorded a team leading 62 blocks on the season, compared to only 11 blocks in 1998…recorded at least 1 blocked shot (41 total) in 18 straight games (7/17-8/20)… finished the season with 6 double-doubles… in 2 games as a starter averaged 14.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 2.5 bpg and 33.5 mpg…scored in double figures 12 times.

1998:
In 20 games, averaged 3.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 6.5 mpg for her first WNBA season…posted a season-high 15 points vs. Detroit in 20 minutes on 7/8/98…...placed on the injured list 6/20/98 for three games with a sore left foot...did not play due to a coach's decision 7 times.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Played in Russia for three seasons… played for Forse-Majore in 1995-96 and for CSKA in 1996-98… averaged 15.9 points and 12.4 rebounds during the 1997-98 season… played on the 1996 Russian Olympic team and at age 17, was the youngest member of the Olympic squad… averaged 1.4 points during the 1996 Olympics… played in the Czech Republic (BK Gambrinus) during the 2000 off-season where she averaged 16.3 ppg and 10.2 rpg…spent the most recent off-season playing for Gambrinus JME in the Czech Republic.

Personal

Has one sister…Loves shrimp and strawberries…Started playing basketball at eight years old…Loves hockey…Second tallest player in the WNBA…Enjoys Russian Comedies…Likes Ricky Martin and Russian music.