Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 3:05 pm  |  15 responses

Brittney Griner Ties Candace Parker for NCAA Dunk Record


by Kelly Kline / @FullCourtWBBall

The questions about whether Baylor’s Brittney Griner was nervous or feeling the pressure of dunking have been answered with authority. For the second NCAA tournament game in a row, the 6-8 junior dunked the basketball.

With 6:39 remaining in the game, Griner got open on the break and threw down the monstrous two-handed dunk, hanging on the rim for a moment while the fans erupted. The crowd-pleaser put the explanation point on Baylor’s 83-68 rout of Georgia Tech in which Griner put up 35 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and swatted down 6 blocks.

“That was probably my favorite dunk since being at Baylor,” said Griner in a post-game interview.

This time the feat ties Griner with Candace Parker who set the record for two dunks in NCAA tournament play. The dunk is the seventh of Griner’s career, which also ties her with Parker for the most dunks in college.

Brittney’s teammate Odyssey Sims had this to say about the big jam: “I was real excited. I had a towel in my hand on the sideline, and I kept jumping and swirling the towel around. It’s different when you see it in warm ups, but it’s more exciting when you see it in the game. It’s not something that you see all the time. In a game, it’s something that automatically gets us fired up. I think we are more excited for her than she is for herself.”

Even opposing coach MaChelle Joseph had an appreciation of the moment.

“It doesn’t bother me,” Joseph said. “I think she’s great for the game. I think it’s awesome. Nobody wants to get dunked on, but how many people can actually say I coached in a game where a female basketball player dunked?”

Meanwhile, Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey seemed to be sending a message to future opponents. “You expose yourself when you press like that, especially when you’re pressing a team that has good guards,” she said. “I thought you saw our kids handled the press really well.”

Baylor is now 37-0 and will face Tennessee in the Elite Eight Monday night.

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    These motherf*ckers got a record for everything.

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/business/media/for-martins-case-a-long-route-to-national-attention.html?_r=2&hp Allenp

    it was a cool dunk. But monstrous? I like that girl though. She’s a full fledged beast on both ends.

  • http://www.twitter.com DFrance21

    I know women rarely dunk and i actaully had Griners back when people here were crapping on all the coverage it got, but to call 7 dunks a record just sounds foolish. It also overshadows all the other great things she does on the court.

  • bike

    I love how she tried the Blake G. hang on the rim ape act. Still, it has to be pretty demoralizing for some of those chicks playing against her.

  • FnF

    @DFrance21, the records have to start somewhere. Remeber when 1000 yard rushing seasons meant something.

  • archer

    I’m a homo

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    She dunked 52 times in 32 games her last year of HS. Why is this surprising or newsworthy? Talk about how she dominates games, the headline should read, Griner dominates with 35 10 and 6 BLOCKS! The dunk is like a fun fact you put on the bottom of the page. Her dunking is not surprising, and frankly, she doesn’t do it enough.

  • Michael

    Hard to understand what an explanation point is. I think you mean exclamation point.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    looks like a Reggie Miller dunk.

  • Shifty

    She almost looked like she wasn’t going to make it. If I was that tall and had arms that long I would try do some Derrick rose two handed throw downs! Also wow! 2 dunks in a NCAA tournament………that is like so amazing!

  • Madterps

    This is why women basketball is so sh*tty. You act like it’s a big deal when it’s nothing but a dunk by a 6ft8 person, nothing spectacular. If you’re 6ft8 and playing basketball, you better dunk it. Plus the dunk wouldn’t even make it on the local high school boys basketball highlight.

  • Anonymous

    Brian Griner needs to play in the NBA lol

  • What

    if her and dwight howard had a kid, he would probably dunk pretty good i bet

  • Top$helf

    When she dunks on a chick I’ll be excited I mean she’s 6’8″ what is she posed to do on a wide open break

  • http://slamonline.com Jones

    “Nobody wants to get dunked on, but how many people can actually say I coached in a game where a female basketball player dunked?”

    Wow, that makes it sound like you only get one dunk a game in the WNBA…