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Maria Vadeeva's Bio

About Maria Vadeeva

Career Highlights:

  • No. 11 overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft (Los Angeles)
  • Career-high 24 points in the Sparks season opener at Las Vegas on May 26, 2019
  • Career-high 11 field goals made at Las Vegas on May 26, 2019
  • 2019 Euroleague Champion with UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia)

Transactions: 

  • Selected by the Los Angeles Sparks in the first round with the 11th overall pick of 2018 WNBA Draft

2019 (Los Angeles): 

  • Scored a career-high 24 points in the Sparks season opener at Las Vegas on May 26, 2019
  • Career-high 11 field goals made at Las Vegas on May 26, 2019
  • Returned to Russia to play with her team, missing 13 Sparks games for overseas commitments
  • Averaged 7.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and one steal in 12 minutes per game

2018 (Los Angeles):

  • Appeared in 25 games for the Los Angeles Sparks during her rookie campaign joining the team in June after getting her visa
  • Shooting 52.7% from the field and shot a promising 33.3% on 3-pointers.
  • Career game against Phoenix Mercury on August 12th scoring a season and career-high 16 points

Russia:

  • Vadeeva made her international debut at the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in Bulgaria, where Russia placed sixth
  • Vadeeva once again participated, returning to the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in Hungary, where Russia won the title, taking home their fifth Under-16 Championship
  • Vadeeva was then named to the national team for the 2015 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in her home nation and placed on the All-Tournament Team
  • Made her senior international debut at EuroBasket Women 2015, at just the age of 16
  • In her debut tournament, Vadeeva averaged 12.3 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game
  • Named to Russia’s roster, for EuroBasket Women 2017 in the Czech Republic.
  • From 2017-2020, Vadeeva has played for UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia), competing in EuroLeague alongside WNBA stars Courtney Vandersloot, Brittney Griner and Kayla McBride

Overseas:

  • From 2017-2020, Vadeeva has played for UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia), competing in EuroLeague alongside WNBA stars Courtney Vandersloot, Brittney Griner and Kayla McBride
  •  In 2014, Vadeeva began her professional career with Sparta&K Moscow, playing in the
  • Russian Premier League and the EuroCup
  • In 2016, Vadeeva moved south and signed with Dynamo Kursk, still playing in the Premier League as well as the EuroLeague. In the 2016–17 season, Dynamo Kursk took home the title
  • Played alongside the likes of Nneka Ogwumike, Angel McCoughtry and Epiphanny Prince

Personal: 

  • Maria Vadeeva (born July 16, 1998) is a center for the Los Angeles Sparks.
  • She is a native of Russia and has a brother named Ivan
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