Griner breaks NCAA dunk record

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November 18, 2012 - 10:18am
Baylor center Brittney Griner (42), center, dunks the ball over Tennessee-Martin players Megan White (32), Katie Schubert (20), and Shelby Crawford (34) during the first half of the NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Baylor center Brittney Griner (42), center, dunks the ball over Tennessee-Martin players Megan White (32), Katie Schubert (20), and Shelby Crawford (34) during the first half of the NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Baylor 82, UT Martin 67

Baylor's Brittney Griner continued to seal her place in women's basketball with an NCAA record eighth career dunk Saturday's 82-67 win over UT Martin.  The dunk came at the 14:16 mark in the first half of the game when the 6-8 center drove by two defenders and put down a one handed jam passing Tennessee's Candace Parker for the most dunks by a female in NCAA history.

This was the first dunk of the season for Griner, who dunked four times as a freshman, once as a sophomore and twice in last season's NCAA tournament and is one of just seven women who have dunked in NCAA history. (Georgeann Wells, Lisa Leslie, Michelle Snow, Candace Parker, Sancho Lyttle, Sylvia Fowles).

After the game Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said "Brittney has the green light to go up and do that whenever she can, and hopefully she'll have a lot more of those."

The historic dunk was witnessed by 1,832 fans in attendence at the tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii.  In addition to breaking the dunk record, Griner's team high 18 points pushed her past the 2,500 mark for career points, she now has 2,516 career points.


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