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Tallest women to ever play in the WNBA

Tallest women to ever play in the WNBA - Margo Dydek
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The following is a list of the tallest women to ever play in the WNBA. An interesting list, and somewhat sad because the tallest player in WNBA history has already passed away.

One of the players on the list just completed her second year in the league and she looks like a player who is going to break many records in the WNBA. That includes any and every dunking record.

Tallest women to ever play in the WNBA

1. Margo Dydek - 7' 2"

By far, Margo Dydek was the tallest woman to ever play in the WNBA. Margo stood 7' 2" tall. She was one of the tallest women in the world.

Margo was born in Poland on April 28, 1974. After playing professionally in Poland, France and Spain, Margo was the first player taken in the regular WNBA Draft in 1998 by the Utah Starzz (now San Antonio Stars).

Margo Dydek played in the WNBA for 11 seasons. She is the all-time leader in blocked shots with 877, and the all-time leader in blocks per game at 2.72.

Margo was the only WNBA player to record over 100 blocks in a season until another player on this list matched that in 2014, and Margo accomplished the feat four times in her career. She led or tied for the lead in blocked shots in 10 of the 11 years she played in the WNBA.

On May 19, 2011, Margo Dydek suffered a heart attack while pregnant with her third child. She was placed in a medically induced coma, and passed away eight days later on May 27, 2011.

My all-time favorite WNBA photo is a picture of my favorite WNBA player, Becky Hammon, standing 5' 6", boxing out Margo Dydek for a rebound. For her career, Margo averaged 10.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

2. Haixia Zheng - 6' 8.5"

At 6' 8 1/2" in height Haixia Zheng from China is the second tallest player in WNBA history. After a long distinguished career playing for the Chinese National Team, Haixia played 34 games in the WNBA in 1997 and 1998 with the Los Angeles Sparks. She averaged 8.9 points and 4.4 points per game.

I watched Hiaxia Zheng play in person for the Chinese National Team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. She averaged 18.1 points and 9 rebounds per game at those Olympics, though China did not medal in woman's basketball at those games.

T-3. Brittney Griner - 6' 8"

Brittney Griner, the first overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, stands 6' 8" tall. If she hasn't already, Brittney Griner is going to dunk the ball more times in WNBA games than all the players in league history combined have before her.

In 2014, Brittney Griner became just the second WNBA player to have over 100 blocks in a season. Griner actually has a higher blocks per game average than Margo Dydek did (3.4 vs 2.7), but she's only played two seasons. For her career, Brittney Griner is averaging 14.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

T-3. Liz Cambage - 6' 8"

Australian import Liz Cambage, who is 6' 8" tall, was the second overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Tulsa Shock. Liz did not want to play for Tulsa, and she has only played for them in the 2011 and 2013 season, averaging 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

In 2012, Liz Cambage reportedly was paid roughly $400,000 to play for four months in China.

T-3. Katie Mattera - 6' 8"

Katie Mattera, who used to be Katie Feenstra until she married Todd Mattera in 2008, played in 150 WNBA games over five seasons from 2005 to 2009. Katie averaged 6.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in her WNBA career. She wears a size 17 men's shoe.

T-3. Lindsay Taylor - 6' 8"

At 6" 8" in height, Lindsay Taylor is tied for the third tallest player in WNBA history. After a great career at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Lindsay played a total of five games in the WNBA in 2004 for the Phoenix Mercury. She scored three points and had three rebounds in the five games.

Lindsay has had a successful career playing professional basketball in Europe, mainly in Poland. She has also played professionally in Turkey and Korea.

7. Maria Stepanova - 6' 7 3/4"

Russian import Maria Stepanova played in the WNBA for five seasons (1998 to 2001, and 2005). She averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.