Saturday, February 16, 2013
Women have long history of dunking
By Lizzie Haldane
Candace Parker actually won a dunk contest against the guys in high school.
Today's NBA Slam Dunk Contest has been hosted since 1984, coincidentally the same year Georgeann Wells became the first woman to dunk in college ball. More recently, Baylor standout Brittney Griner brought the dunk into the spotlight, extending her NCAA record number of dunks to 13. The hopeful top draft pick is set to join other dunkers in the WNBA this spring. The Los Angeles Sparks' Lisa Leslie was the first in 2002, and the Sparks’ Candace Parker, who won the McDonald’s dunk contest as a senior in high school in 2004, was the first to dunk twice in one game.