The Top 10 Tallest Female Basketball Players in The WNBA (2024)

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Height is a rare commodity in women’s basketball. Unlike the NBA where almost every team has a least one seven footer, there is a dearth of big women in professional basketball, especially the WNBA.

In the history of the WNBA, there has only been one player to measure at least seven feet tall. Here are the tallest female basketball players to play in the WNBA:

10. Sylvia Shaqueria Fowles ( 6-6 )

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One of the WNBA’s most dominant players today is also one of the world’s tallest female basketball players. Sylvia Shaqueria Fowles is the reigning WNBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. She is also the third player in the history of the WNBA to dunk in an All-Star game, doing so in the 2009 WNBA All-Star game.

Fowles was the 2nd overall pick by the Chicago Skye during the 2008 WNBA Draft. The 6-6 LSU standout played seven seasons for the Sky before being traded to the Minnesota Lynx in 2015. She emerged in Minnesota from being a defensive force to the league’s best player. She led the Lynx to three straight WNBA championship appearance, hellping the team win the WNBA titles in 2015 and 2017

Fowles was named as Finals MVP during both title years and most recently, she was named as the 2017 WNBA MVP. Fowles is also a three time Defensive Player of the Year winner, a four-time WNBA All-Star, a three-time member of the All WNBA First Team and a four-time member of the WNBA All-Defensive First team. She also played for the U.S. Women’s National Basketball Team which won the gold medal during the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

9. Carolyn Moos ( 6-6 )

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She will always be remembered for being the woman who almost married the NBA’s first openly gay player. Yes, Carolyn Moos was once engaged to former NBA player Jason Collins, the first publicly gay athlete to play in any of the four major North American pro sports leagues.

After playing her collegiate basketball career at Stanford, Moos was drafted in the 4th round ( 53rd overall ) of the 2001 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury. She played just three seasons in the WNBA, moving from one team to another every year. After playing for the Mercury in 2001, she moved to the Miami Sol in 2002 and then also played for the Minnesota Lynx in 2003.

Moos was a member of the U.S Women’s under 19 national basketball team which won the gold medal at the 3rd Junior World Championships in Brazil in 1997. She graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Communications.

8. Kara Wolters Drinan ( 6-7 )

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She was called ‘Big Girl’ and rightfully so. Kara Wolters Drinan is the tallest basketball player to ever play for the University of Connecticut and one of the tallest female basketball players to grace the WNBA.

Standing 6-7, Wolters was the 3rd round pick ( 36th overall ) of the Houston Comets at the 1999 WNBA Draft. Before coming over to the WNBA, she played for the New England Blizzards during the final two seasons of the ABL. Wolters played a total of four WNBA seasons and is one of 10 women to win an NCAA championship, Olympic gold medal and WNBA championship.

Aside from winning the gold medal at the 2000 Olympics, Wolters also played for the U.S. women’s national basketball team which won the gold medal at the 1998 World Championships. She was also 1997 AP College Player of the Year during her senior season at U Conn.

7. Katharen Ruth Mattera ( 6-7.5 )

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The 7th tallest player to ever set foot in the WNBA wears size 17 ( US ) / 53 (EU) shoes. Katie Feenstra Mattera played college ball at Liberty University where she became the school’s tallest player ever and the tallest to play in the history of the Big South Conference.

At Liberty University, Mattera became only the second player in NCAA history to lead the nation in field goal percentage in back to back seasons ( 2004 and 2005 ). She was drafted by the Connecticut Sun with the 8th overall pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft. Mattera played six NBA season in the WNBA and was named to the 2005 WNBA Rookie Team.

Mattera was a three time South Big Conference Player of the Year and the South Big Conference All-time leading shot blocker. She is currently Head Coach of the Cornerstone University women’s basketball team and has been such since 2012.

6. Brittney Griner ( 6-8 )

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She wears size 17 ( men’s ) shoes and has an arms span of 86 inches. Brittney Yevette Griner currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury and is the only player in NCAA history to score 2000 points and block 500 shots.

The #1 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Mercury, Griner was a standout collegiate player at Baylor University where she recorded the school’s first ever triple double in 2009. In 2012, she led Baylor to an NCAA record 40 wins during an undefeated season where they won the NCAA title. That year, Griner was named NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player of the Year and AP College Player of the Year.

Since joining the WNBA, she’s led the league in blocks for five straight seasons. She won the NBA title in 2014 and was named to the All- WNBA First team that season. This two time Defensive Player of the Year winner is a four-time WNBA All-star and is the WNBA’s current scoring champion.

5. Maria Stepanova ( 6- 8 )

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Growing up, she was called giraffe and ostrich by her peers, which offended her as a kid growing up. But later, she realized she wasn’t the only ‘giraffe’ around. Maria Stepanova was once the tallest player on the Russian National basketball team and the 4th tallest player in the history of the WNBA.

Drafted by the Phoenix Mercury with the 8th overall pick of the 1998, Stepanova played three seasons in the WNBA for five seasons from 1998-2005. She represented Russia at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she helped her Motherland win bronze medals on both occasions.

Stepanova is a three time Russian Female Basketball Player of the Year and a three time FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year. As such, she was Honored Master of Sports in Russia as well as a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Merit to the Fatherland for her achievement in Sports.

4. Lindsay Taylor ( 6- 8 )

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She once said that she had a ‘bird’s eye view of everything’ on the basketball and at 6-8, playing women’s basketball, she was literally correct.

Lindsay Corine Taylor was the Houston Comets’ 2nd round pick, 36th overall during the 2004 WNBA Draft. At 6-8, she was the tallest female basketball player in the history of the UC Santa Barbara women’s basketball program. She helped the team reach the 2004 NCAA Sweet Sixteen, the farthest the school has ever gone in its history.

Her stint in the WNBA was short lived and she played for four teams. Taylor though had a successful professional career overseas and she went on to play with plenty of success in Europe and Asia. She was Big West Player of the Year once and a three-time Big West Tournament MVP in college.

3. Elizabeth Cambage ( 6-8 )

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Teased about her height, Elizabeth Cambage took up basketball to make friends. That worked. But she didn’t just gain new friends. She fell in love with the game.

Liz gained attention while playing for the Australian Under 20 National Championships in 2009. It was there when the Australian Broadcasting Corporation called her as the ‘next Lauren Jackson’. After playing five seasons in the WNBL, Cambage was drafted by the Tulsa Shock with the 2nd overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft. Her stint with the Shock was short lived as she played only one season with Tulsa. Despite that, she made the 2011 WNBA All-Star team in 2011 and was named to the WNBA All-Rookie team that year. Cambage went to China to sign a lucrative $400K deal with the Zheijang Chouzhou club. Currently, she plays for the Melbourne Boomers in Australia’s WNBL.

2. Zheng Haixia ( 6-8.5 )

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One of the most decorated international players of all-time, Zeng Haixia represented China in four Olympic Games and helped the team win the Bronze medal in 1984 and the Silver medal in 1992.

In 1997, she retired from the Chinese national team and pursued her ambition to play in the newly formed WNBA. Zheng would suit up for the Los Angeles Sparks from 1997 to 1998 before returning to China to coach the PLA women’s team.

Zheng Haixia won the 1997 Ross Perrot Sportsmanship Award, making her the first international player and first Asian to win one of the WNBA’s coveted awards. She also led the WNBA in field goal percentage that season with her .618 accuracy.

1. Malgrozata ‘ Margo’ Dydek ( 7-2 )

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Margo Dydek owns the distinction of being the tallest female professional basketball player in the world. Listed at 7-2, Dydek was the 1st overall pick in the WNBA’s 1998 Draft by the Utah Starzz. She played a total of 323 WNBA games in 11 seasons.

Dydek is the WNBA’s all-time leader in blocks with 877 during her career. She led the league in blocks in all but two seasons and in blocks per game in eight seasons. She last played for the L.A. Sparks in 2008 before retiring to become a coach for the Northside Wizards in the Queensland Basketball League.

Unfortunately, Dydek died in 2011 after suffering a severe heart attack at her home in Brisbane. She was pregnant with her third child.

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FAQs

Who is the tallest woman currently in the WNBA? ›

Brittney Griner is one of the most exciting and entertaining players WNBA has to offer nowadays. At 6 ft 9 in, she has been among the tallest WNBA players and is known for her dominant playstyle in the paint with her incredible size and frame.
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2. Brittney Griner – 6 ft 9 in.
Height6 ft 9 in
StatusImprisoned in Russia
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Who is the tallest WNBA player 2022? ›

At 6 feet 9 inches Brittney Griner is the tallest WNBA player right now in the upcoming WNBA 2022 season. As a member of the Phoenix Mercury, she won the 2014 WNBA Championship.

Who is tallest woman in the world? ›

Rumeysa Gelgi, whose 7ft height is included in the Guinness Book of World Records, took the 13-hour voyage aboard Turkey's flag carrier. She is the tallest woman alive.

Who is the heaviest WNBA player? ›

Katie Feenstra-Mattera
Personal information
BornNovember 17, 1982 Grand Rapids, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7.5 in (2.02 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
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Can any woman in the WNBA dunk? ›

Perhaps one of the most well-known women basketball players of all time, Lisa Leslie became the first person in the WNBA to dunk. She did so on July 30th, 2002, when she threw down a slam against the Miami Sol.

Who is the best female player in the WNBA? ›

Players selected
PlayerNationalityLeague awards
Becky Hammon^United States RussiaNone
Lauren Jackson^AustraliaMVP (2003, 2007, 2010) Finals MVP (2010) DPOY (2007)
Lisa LeslieUnited StatesMVP (2001, 2004, 2006) Finals MVP (2001, 2002) ASG MVP (1999, 2001, 2002) DPOY (2004, 2008)
Ticha Penicheiro^PortugalNone
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Why was Griner in Russia? ›

The American basketball star has endured months in a Russian prison on charges of smuggling hashish oil into the country. Reaction to Guilty Verdict: Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony, but her supporters say they will continue to fight to get her home.

How can I join the WNBA? ›

Who is eligible for the WNBA Draft?
  1. Turn 22 years old in the year of the draft OR.
  2. Have graduated or be set to graduate from a four-year university within three months of the draft OR.
  3. Have attended a four-year college and had her original class already graduate or be set to graduate within three months of the draft.
11 Apr 2022

Who is the lady in the WNBA logo? ›

Diana Taurasi
No. 3 – Phoenix Mercury
LeagueWNBA
Personal information
BornJune 11, 1982 Chino, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
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Which race has the tallest woman? ›

Latvian women are the tallest on the planet, with an average height of 170cm. * The top four tallest countries for men are the Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia and Latvia.

What nationality has the tallest woman? ›

Despite these drops, the Netherlands still has the tallest people in the world – with CBS reporting that today's generation stands, on average, at 6 feet (182.9 centimeters) for men and 5.55 feet (169.3 centimeters) for women.

Who is the tallest teenage girl in the world? ›

Rumeysa Gelgi (Turkey) has been part of the Guinness World Records family since she was a teenager.

Who is the richest basketball player? ›

Michael Jordan - $1.5 billion

The majority of his wealth currently comes from endorsement deals with his primary sponsor, 'Nike. ' Michael Jordan is widely considered the best NBA player of all time. Michael Jordan's net worth is projected to be $1.5 billion, making him the world's wealthiest basketball player.

What's the highest WNBA player salary? ›

2023 Cap Hit Rankings
Playercap hit
1Loyd Jewell Loyd SEA$234,936
Ogunbowale Arike Ogunbowale DAL$234,936
3Diggins-Smith Skylar Diggins-Smith PHX$234,350
Delle Donne Elena Delle Donne WAS$234,350
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Is WNBA ball lighter than NBA? ›

Basketball Size

Women's hands tend to be smaller than the men's equivalent, so having the ball size slightly smaller allows for better grip with smaller hands. The WNBA basketball also weighs in at 2 ounces lighter than a typical NBA basketball.

Who is the shortest female to dunk? ›

Women Who Have Dunked In a College Game

Belibi is second only to Charlotte Smith (6'0) as the shortest women's college basketball player to execute a dunk during a game. On a list where most athletes register at 6'4 and above, Belibi stands out in the best way. As you can see, Belibi is a fun player to watch.

Who was the first lady to dunk? ›

Among her other accomplishments, Wells is notable as the first American woman to register a dunk in an official NCAA intercollegiate basketball game on December 21, 1984.
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Georgeann Wells.
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Career information
High schoolNorthland (Columbus, Ohio)
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Who is the female basketball goat? ›

Three-time WNBA champion Diana Taurasi has been voted by fans as the league's greatest player of all time. The WNBA announced Sunday that Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi has been voted by fans as the league's greatest of all time (GOAT).

Who is the cutest WNBA player? ›

The Most Beautiful & Hottest WNBA Players
  • Satou Sabally. Photo by @satou_sabally.
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Who is the best WNBA shooter? ›

Kelsey Plum

Is hash oil illegal in US? ›

In the US, hash and hash oil — like marijuana — are Schedule 1 drugs. It's still illegal to use and possess hash under federal law, and its legality varies state by state.

How much money has Brittney Griner made? ›

Brittney Griner's Net Worth is well over $17 Million. Brittney Griner earns a salary in millions. Brittney Griner house is in Houston, Texas. Brittney Griner is one of the most successful and American professional basketball player in the world.

How long did Griner play in Russia? ›

The 31-year-old has played for UMMC Ekaterinburg since 2014, while also competing for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA.

Do WNBA players fly? ›

The WNBA—one of the few professional sports leagues that has their teams fly commercially rather than through charter or private flights—has often battled travel issues over the past few seasons. This season, however, that hot-button topic has come even more to the forefront, even stealing the spotlight at times.

Can men play in WNBA? ›

With WNBA teams limited to just 12 players on a roster, they regularly employ men to practice against and help prepare for opponents. “I love to be a part of [it], whatever I can do,” Ludd said. “I literally revolve my life around being ready for whatever they need from me. “It's crazy.

Do WNBA players get paid? ›

As of 2022, the league average of salaries in the WNBA is $102,751 among 151 athletes.

Who is the best NBA female player? ›

Diana Taurasi

Diana is one of the most popular and best Women's Basketball players. Diana has scored the most points in WNBA and has an average of 19.6 points per game for 15 seasons so far, there is no doubt why she has so many fans. She has played over 450 games and featured 13 times in the All-WNBA squad.

Who was the first NBA woman? ›

In the 1977 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Jazz selected a 6-foot-3 center out of Delta State University with the 137th overall pick. The difference between this individual pick, and all others in NBA history, is that the Jazz selected a woman.

What is the female NBA called? ›

Since then, the WNBA has been the home for the best women's basketball talent in the world. As the league celebrated its 26th season in 2022, take a look back at WNBA's bright history.

How can I get taller? ›

What can I do to become taller? Taking good care of yourself — eating well, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of rest — is the best way to stay healthy and help your body reach its natural potential. There's no magic pill for increasing height. In fact, your genes are the major determinant of how tall you'll be.

What is the tallest state? ›

The tallest women tend to be clustered in the northern plains states, with the tallest living in South Dakota.
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The tallest states in the United States based on the average height for men (179 centimeters or above) are:
  • Montana.
  • Nebraska.
  • North Dakota.
  • South Dakota.
  • Tennessee.
  • Utah.
  • West Virginia.
  • Wyoming.

What is the tallest country? ›

According to the report, the Netherlands is still the world's tallest nation with the average height in the country for men 183.78 cm, or 6 foot, and 170.36 cm, or 5 foot 7 inches for women.

How tall are Russian people? ›

5 ft. 10 in.

What height is considered giant for a woman? ›

A person should be 7 feet (2.20 meters) tall or more to be considered a giant. Gigantism is a disorder and the medical reason for gigantism is a surplus of growth hormone.

What is considered tall for a woman? ›

If you're still unsure, try measuring yourself, since if you're taller than 5 feet 6 inches, you can be considered tall.

Who is the tallest girl in America? ›

Sandra Elaine Allen (June 18, 1955 – August 13, 2008) was an American woman recognized by the Guinness World Records as the tallest woman in the world.
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Sandy Allen
Known forFormer tallest woman in the world
Height7 ft 7 in (231 cm)
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Who has the biggest leg? ›

According to Guinness World Records, Ms Currin's left leg measures 135.267 cm (53.255 in), while her right leg measures 134.3 cm (52.874 in).

Who is the tallest girl in China? ›

Yao Defen (Chinese: 姚德芬; pinyin: Yáo Défēn; July 15, 1972 – November 13, 2012) was the tallest living woman, as recognized by Guinness World Records. She stood at 7 ft 8 in tall and weighed 346 lb (157kg). Her gigantism was due to a tumor in her pituitary gland.
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Yao Defen.
Yao Defen (姚德芬)
Height7 ft 7.85 in (233.30 cm)
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Who is the tallest in 2022? ›

Sultan Kösen (born 10 December 1982) is a Turkish farmer who holds the Guinness World Record for tallest living male at 251 cm (8 ft 2.82 in). Of Kurdish ethnicity, he is the seventh tallest man in history.

Who is the shortest WNBA player 2022? ›

"People have always underestimated my play because of my height," says Chicago Sky point guard Jamierra Faulkner, who at 5'6" is one of the shortest active WNBA players (at 5'5", the Phoenix Mercury's Leilani Mitchell and Seattle Storm's Jennifer O'Neill share that title).

How is Liz Cambage so tall? ›

Who is the tallest player in 2022? ›

At an astounding 6-foot-11-inches, Sean Hjelle is officially the tallest MLB player of 2022. He joins Jon Rauch as the only two MLB players in history who stand at 6'11".

Who is the tallest woman alive in 2022? ›

Rumeysa Gelgi (born 1 January 1997) is a Turkish advocate, researcher and front-end developer, who holds the titles of tallest living woman, largest hands (female), longest fingers (female), longest back (female) and previously held the title of tallest living female teenager by Guinness World Records.

What country has the tallest people? ›

According to the report, the Netherlands is still the world's tallest nation with the average height in the country for men 183.78 cm, or 6 foot, and 170.36 cm, or 5 foot 7 inches for women.

What is the 2nd tallest building in the world 2022? ›

2) Merdeka 118 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Merdeka 118 is a 678.9 m (2,080 ft) tall skyscraper in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is the world's second-tallest structure. It has 118 (+ 5 below ground) floors. The building was finished in mid-2022.

Who is the best looking WNBA player? ›

1. Lexie Brown. She is one of the most beautiful WNBA players and number one on our list! The American professional basketball player was born on October 27, 1994, and currently plays for the WNBA.

How many players can dunk in the WNBA? ›

Has there ever been a dunk in the WNBA? You bet! Since the league's start in 1997, seven different women have dunked in WNBA games. Brittney Griner is the leading dunker, while other in-game dunkaroos include Lisa Leslie, Michelle Snow, Candace Parker, Sylvia Fowles, Liz Cambage, and Jonquel Jones.

What did Liz Cambage say about team Nigeria? ›

In an article written by the Daily Telegraph, several Australian players and Nigerian players claimed Liz Cambage referred to Nigerian players as "monkeys" and said, "go back to your third world country." This incident occurred during a scrimmage at UNLV in preparation for the Olympics when Cambage was still a member ...

What did Liz Cambage do Nigeria? ›

Australian basketball star Liz Cambage allegedly called Nigerian players "monkeys" in the pre-Olympics practice match that sparked her messy exit from the national team program.

Who is the tallest man on the earth ever? ›

The twins then named Robert Wadlow as the tallest man "of whom there is irrefutable evidence". When last measured on 27 June 1940, the mild-mannered American stretched a staggering 2.72 m (8 ft 11.1 in) tall. Perhaps surprisingly, Robert entered the world no differently to most babies.

Who is the tallest person to ever live? ›

Robert Pershing Wadlow, born February, 22, 1918, was and still remains the World's Tallest Man at 8 ft. 11 in. Wadlow weighed 439 lbs.

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