No one knows the first player to dunk a basketball, but the
first one to dunk a ball in an official game was Bob Kurland.
Kurland made his first dunk while playing college ball at Oklahoma
State University in 1944 in a game against Temple.
*Georgeann Wells-Blackwell, a member of the West Virginia
University women's basketball team, was the first woman to dunk in
a collegiate women's basketball game. This took place on December
21, 1984, vs. On July 30,2002 Lisa Leslie became the first woman to
dunk in the WNBA.
The first woman to be credited with a slam dunk is West
Virginia's Georgeann Wills on Dec. 21, 1984: vs. Charleston in an
NCAA Division I Women's Basketball game.
The first WNBA player to dunk was Lisa Leslie, who did it
against the Miami Sol on July 30, 2002.
Bob Kurland, a player for Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State)
from 1942 through 46 is reported to be the first player to dunk in
games. A Denver newspaper reported his first "duffer shot" in 1945.
It was later banned, and then reinstated in the 1970s.
However, the first NBA player to shatter a backboard, Chuck Connors(who would become far more famous as an actor), did not do so with a dunk. When playing for the Boston Celtics in 1946, Connors took a set shot during pregame warmups, hitting the front of the rim.