Brittney Griner is the second woman in NCAA history to dunk during a tournament.
The Baylor University basketball player is being encouraged by Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey to use her dunking ability to send a message to other teams as she did last night against Florida.
“I think she’s gotten away from trying to be monstrous with her going to the rim… I told her about two weeks ago — I said: ‘Even if you miss it, it sends a message,'” stated Mulkey.
According to Griner, the dunk completely fired up her teammates, who ended up with a 76-57 victory.
“I think my team got fired up a little bit more than me. I got a little bit more fired up, I think, on one of the blocks I had. But, it definitely felt good throwing it down,” she stated.
The 6-foot-8 player’s dunk was the first in over a year according to The Chicago Suntimes.
Mulkey added: “That wasn’t just a barely-over-the-rim type of dunk. That was a monster dunk. I think Brittney is so conscious of people writing good or bad about the dunk, that she’s scared to get excited sometimes and celebrate a dunk, because she’s been written about in a negative way. I said, ‘Honey, if I could dunk it, I’d do backflips down the floor.'”
Candace Parker was the only other woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game. In 2006, she played for the University of Tennessee and was the first woman to dunk twice in a college game.