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In her first game, Brittney Griner becomes first WNBA player to dunk twice in a game (VIDEO)

May 28, 2013, 11:53 AM EST

Apparently, since it was just her first game, word didn’t get out yet around the WNBA not to help off Brittney Griner.

The biggest name to hit the WNBA in years didn’t disappoint in her first game — she became the first WNBA player ever to dunk twice in one game (she is only third player in the league ever to dunk). Griner had 17 points and 3 rebounds in her debut.

Her Phoenix Mercury got routed by No. 2 overall pick Elena Delle Donne and her Chicago Sky 102-80, and both Griner’s dunks came in garbage time. Griner is great for marketing in the league, but building a winning team with and around her is a much bigger project.

  1. karlton3 - May 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Whoop-dee-do.

    • fanofevilempire - May 28, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      bunch of jealous men posting here.

  2. jhuck92 - May 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Are we really talking about the WNBA right now? C’mon Kurt, wouldn’t you rather post more Rose updates?

  3. spthegr8 - May 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    She is a BEAST!! She is gonna dominate that league for years.!!

    • leoimpr - May 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Agreed, he da man

  4. udub - May 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    this article is full of wrong. Della Donne is way better for the league marketing wise. she’s just as good if not better than griner…and a million times hotter. face it, that’s a big part of marketing. weak dunks thousands of guys could do with little or no effort is not going to market the WNBA

  5. mtheparrothead - May 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Wow. What an accomplishment?

    • karlton3 - May 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      I can’t wait until she does it…

      *wait for it*

      …THREE times in a game. Pure madness.

      • yuwannano - May 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        How often do WNBA players dunk?

    • biasedhomer - May 28, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Im guessing the hoop is the same size as in the NBA? Thats why so few dunks.

  6. jolink653 - May 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    A momentous achievement in the field of “Things Nobody Cares About”

  7. jeffw - May 28, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Who cares if he/she/it can dunk. Guys like him/her/it do it everyday….

  8. phx1311 - May 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    The number 2 pick looked great yesterday but in the long run Brittany will dominate the WNBA.

  9. e39er - May 28, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    She’s gonna be a female version of Shaq

  10. flyrocket31 - May 28, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    almost teabagged that girl!… and they were down by 20…

  11. jadaruler - May 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Brit will get the attention, but love watching Delle Donne play. She reminds me of a female Durant.

  12. deshackle - May 28, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I think the Lakers should trade Dwight Howard and their first pick in the 2013 NBA draft to the Phoenix Mercury for Brittany Griner.

    • fanofevilempire - May 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      Don’t think so much.

    • badintent - May 29, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      only if you throw in her stripper pole and Kim.

  13. logisticalvoices - May 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    We got next

  14. 00maltliquor - May 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I thought I was on PRO Basketball Talk….how’d I get here?

    Nice, I guess? She gets a golf clap and a Scooby snack from me.

  15. tvguy22 - May 28, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    A man among boys, so to speak.

  16. gmsalpha - May 28, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Come on guys. That two-handed slam was pretty awesome! Unfortunaely the womens’ game is just not anywhere near the level that the men play at. Last night out at dinner, all the TVs were showing the WNBA Tulsa/Washington game. With about 2 minutes left in OT and down by 3, Tulsa shot nothing but bad 3-pointers. It was so hard to watch their terrible decision-making with so much time left.

    Whatever. The WNBA is awful, and the only reason to watch is for the few hot chicks who play. Griner is NOT a hot chick. But give her credit. The dunks and her paint presence and shot-blocking ability is pretty impressive. Not sure if she’ll “dominate for years”, but she’s going to be a perennial All-Star and will bring excitement to Phoenix.

  17. Hughes - May 28, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    The title of this article pretty much sums up why many people, myself included, have no interest in the WNBA. Nonetheless, congratulation Brittney Griner on your record feat.

  18. echech88 - May 28, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comments on this thread are predictably awful. Good for her and good for any girl that is more comfortable choosing to be an athlete by maybe seeing this.

  19. rwallum1 - May 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    So what they lost.

  20. mogogo1 - May 28, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    The real fear is that she becomes a victim of her own hype and gives up trying to improve. She’s not all that strong, even for a woman player, so getting bodied out of position in the pro game is going to be a concern. She is amazingly long, so she’ll always be able to shoot over defenders, but her lack of range is something she’ll need to work on. She’s a long ways from having the well-rounded game that somebody like a Lisa Leslie had.

  21. jmo121 - May 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    First of all, her first dunk cuts the Chicago lead to 22, then she celebrates. On the second dunk, she is at the right place at the right time, stealing a horrible pass. She then ignores her teammate who is wide open ahead of her on a break to take the ball in for dunk number two. That is not team basketball, and she still looks like the slowest player on the court.

  22. dgforreal - May 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Cool stuff.

    Lesson one for her is to not showboat too much when you’re down 20.

  23. tigerpork - May 28, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    “that’s one small step for women, one giant leap for the wnba”

  24. broadstbully - May 28, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    00,

    The WNBA is a professional basketball league.

    • 00maltliquor - May 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      That’s cute. Because women sports really do matter.

  25. notoriousbri - May 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    2 dunks unless dunks count for 10 points a game in the WNBA it doesn’t matter. She still got schooled by the better basketball player ( Delle Donne ) .

    That girls debut would have been the better story.

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