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Brittney Griner Delivers First Dunk in WNBA Playoffs History (Video)

by: Esteban On  Monday, August 25, 2014

britney griner first dunk in wnba playoff history

Brittney Griner has made a lot of history in her relatively short professional basketball career.

For starters, at 6’8″ she is the tallest woman in the WNBA and the fifth-tallest in the history of international women’s basketball. Then she came out as gay in 2013, and in 2014 she announced she is engaged to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson. And, finally, she was just the seventh woman to dunk in an NCAA game, while in her first game with the Phoenix Mercury she became the first WNBA player to dunk twice in one game.

Now you can add another bullet point to Griner’s resumé: first dunk in the history of the WNBA playoffs.

That probably seems strange to you, since the WNBA has been around since 1997. But it’s true. Dunking is becoming more and more common in women’s basketball, especially at the collegiate level, but it’s still very rare in the WNBA. In May of 2013, when Griner dunked twice in her pro debut, they were just the fourth and fifth dunks in the history of the league, and all three of the previous dunks came in the regular season.

In any case, here is Griner’s historic dunk from Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Sparks:

Next up for Griner and the Mercury are the Minnesota Lynx in the Western Conference Finals, which begin on Friday. If we’re lucky, we may get to see the second, third, and fourth dunks in WNBA playoff history.

Hat Tip – [For the Win]



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