Brittney Griner Dunks Twice In WNBA Debut (Video)
In its prior 15 years of existence, the WNBA had three successful slam dunks.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: In one quarter, Brittney Griner had two.
The two dunks in her WNBA debut were just the fourth and fifth dunks in the entire history of the WNBA.
Griner has become known for her ability to dunk and the Mercury’s center didn’t disappoint, throwing down a one-hander early in the fourth quarter and a vicious two-handed jam in the final two minutes.
The game was out of reach as the Mercury found themselves down by 20+ points for almost the entire fourth quarter, but once Griner dunked, no one cared about the scoreboard.
The first dunk put her in select company, joining Candace Parker (twice) and Lisa Leslie as the only WNBA players to dunk in a regular-season game. The second dunk put her in a league of her own, in just her first WNBA game.
Griner finished with solid numbers in her debut: 17 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots and two history-making dunks.
With a wingspan of 7-foot-4 and a quick, explosive game in and around the paint, Griner blocked more shots than anyone in NCAA history, man or woman. Griner also became the first woman ever to utilize the dunk as a regular part of her repertoire, with 18 dunks in her college career at the University of Baylor. It already seems like people are taking her ability to dunk for granted – except for maybe the fans in Phoenix.
"I wish it was in a win," Griner said after the Mercury lost to the Sky. "But whenever I can dunk, the crowd got into it."