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Snow Sets Sights on Slam
By Lina Balciunas

While the women's game has been proclaimed more fundamentally sound than the men's -- from none other than legendary UCLA coach John Wooden -- critics charge that it will never be as exciting if it doesn't go above the rim. In the WNBA's sixth year of existence, there has yet to be a dunk in a game, despite the presence of more than a couple players who are able to dunk and have done so in practice and warmups.

Snow electrified women's college basketball with three dunks in her career.
(AP Photo)

But there's a strong chance all that could change this year. Tennessee center Michelle Snow, a projected first-round draft pick, has dunked three times in games during her collegiate career. West Virginia's Georgeann Wells dunked twice during the 1984-85 season and current Sting forward Charlotte Smith had a slam for North Carolina during the 1994-95 season. Snow stands alone with three.

One of the best-known players in women's college basketball because of this feat, the 6-5 center has no problem having the reputation as a dunker.

"That's fine," Snow said. "I just don't want people to associate me as only being a dunker, you know, because there's so many other aspects to my game. Or it may be good. It may catch people off guard."

Snow became only the third woman to dunk in a college game on Nov. 25, 2000 when she stole the ball, ran down the open court and jammed it through the hoop with both hands, momentarily hanging on to the rim.

On Jan. 23, 2001, Snow joined the more elite multiple dunk club when she slammed against Vanderbilt. Taking a 60-foot pass from Kara Lawson, Snow again threw one down with both hands. This time, she was whistled for a technical foul for hanging on the rim too long.

Snow's third dunk came this season at South Carolina with a one-handed jam on Jan. 17, 2002.

"It feels great to know that you set a goal and you accomplished it," the soft-spoken center explained. "I think that's the biggest thing, not so much the dunking. And it's gotten easier as I've been able to jump higher and do different things. The biggest thing is setting a goal and accomplishing it, a goal that people said was unattainable."

A well-rounded player who led the Lady Vols in field goal percentage two straight seasons, Snow would be an asset to many WNBA teams looking to shore up their post presence. In the back of their minds, though, the coaches have to be thinking about the possibility that she could make history as the first player to dunk in a WNBA game -- for their team. It's certainly something Snow looks forward to trying.

"If the opportunity presents itself, I'm going to go for it," Snow said. "I have no problem missing. I'll try again. I bricked six times my freshman year in front of 20,000 people.

"I mean, I've had that goal since they started the league. Lisa (Leslie) missed the first one and she hasn't tried again. Ever since then, it's been my goal."

A goal that she'll have plenty of fans cheering her on to achieve.

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