Australia’s Liz Cambage became the first woman to dunk at the Olympics when she slammed one down during the third quarter of Australia’s 70-66 win over Russia on Friday.
Cambage is a 6’8″ center who plays for the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA. Despite her height, she hardly ever dunks.
“Not even in practice,” said teammate Lauren Jackson. “That was so exciting.
“That’s the first time I’ve seen it in the Olympics,” said Jackson, who is playing in her fourth Olympics. “Even in the WNBA, you see some girls do it, on a fast break but she had the zone around her, she had people around her. She made it look so easy.
“I wish I could do that.”
Cambage did make it look easy. She had a wide open lane and went in for the easy dunk.
Cambage had a strong all-around game going for 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Both Australia and Russia are 3-1 in Group B play.
Between Cambage at the Olympics and Brittney Griner dunking during NCAA games, we’re seeing a lot of dunking firsts in women’s basketball this year.
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