The WNBA playoffs start today, so let’s run it back to a pivotal moment in WNBA history: the first-ever in-game dunk. You might be asking yourself: Who Was the first woman to dunk in an official WNBA Game?
The year was 2002. The scene of the crime was the Staples Center. The culprit was Lisa Leslie, and the victims were the members of the now-defunct Miami Sol basketball team. To understand just how historic this moment was, we have to go back even further than 2002.
Women have been athletically gifted and dominant since the beginning of time; however, we didn’t start to see them get professional playing opportunities in sports until the 1980s and 1990s. That’s when the WNBA came.