From 1967 to 1976, it was illegal to slam-dunk in basketball games.
The first person to dunk regularly in games was Robert Kurland. Kurland played for the Oklahoma A&M and Phillips 66 Oilers in the 1940s. In 1961, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The first slam dunk by a woman in a college game was Georgeann Wells on December 21, 1984. The 6-foot-7 West Virginia center made this historical dunk during a women’s basketball game between West Virginia and the University of Charleston. The first woman to dunk in a WNBA game was Lisa Leslie.