The ‘amazing’ in-game decline has boosted the confidence of Dallas Wings forward, Oak Coyier

Awak Kuier was waiting for a clear path at a quick breakfast. The 20-year-old, now into her second year, finally got her chance on June 10 in the first quarter against the Seattle Storm.

Kuier was guarding Breanna Stewart when Stewart flashed toward the top of the switch to receive a pass from Sue Bird. But Quirre put her left hand on her chest, collected the ball and it fell on the field.

At first, I didn’t mean to deny [Stewart]Koyer said. “It kind of happened. When I denied and saw that I was on a quick breather and said, ‘Okay, this is my moment now. Now or never.’ So I just went for it.”

Koer gathered inside the free-throw line, took another step inside the paint, raised her left foot and Orange and White WNBA Basketball Dip With her right hand.

The College Park Center crowd went wild.

“It was amazing,” said trainer Vicki Johnson. “It was great to see her, what she could be, and the potential that she has.”

Electricity can even be felt by those in the house.

“I was screaming,” said her Wings teammate, Marina Mabry, who was within the league’s health and safety protocols that day and watched the game at home. When I stole it. I was like, ‘Dunk it!’ Dunk it! Dunk it! Dunk it! “

Kuier became the eighth player to sink in a WNBA game with this slam dunk, which was the 33rd dunk in league history.

Britney Greiner He is by far the most prolific immersed in play in the WNBA and has captured 24 slams. Lisa Leslie and Candice Parker are second behind Griner of all time with two each. The other four players who indulged in the All-Star Game did so.

Liz Cambage is the only other Wings player to dip a hand, a one-handed jam in the 2018 All-Star Game.

“In the WNBA, no one wants to be in the water,” Greiner told ESPN last year. “So, for example, they’re not just going to give it to you, so you really have to commit to doing that in the game.”

Kuier’s diving ability has been highlighted a lot since her appearance on the world stage. She has been able to submerge since she was fourteen years old. She remembers that her first immersion was nothing special. Her friends asked her to give it a try, and she did.

Soon after, the NBA chirp A video of her diving into Basketball Without Borders camp in 2017. Now any time you’re dunking in front of the camera, it’s likely going viral. More than a few. The second clip of this season WNBA Hype Video It was one of her pre-games from last year.

Dallas Wings center Oak Quayer (28) dunks the ball into the Seattle Storm defense during...
Dallas Wings center Oak Quayer (28) dunks the ball into the Seattle Storm defense during the first half at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, June 10, 2022.(Tom Fox/staff photographer)

When Queer first started diving, it was nothing more than that to her. But as she got older, slams took on a new meaning.

“I think it’s very important to have someone who will definitely do that and bring hope to young girls that they might be able to do it too,” said Coeure. “Just give them the guts to have the guts to try it. It’s not that popular so people don’t really look at it as part of a women’s game. I think it’s easier when you see [it] It happens and you try it on your own.”

WNBA dunk has also unlocked new parts of the Kuier game. She said getting her out of the way for the first time made her feel more comfortable on the court and took some of the pressure off her shoulders.

After dunking, Kuier continued to play at her highest level in minutes on her way to a season-high nine points. I played more than 20 minutes in the next two games.

During his first 11 games of the season, Queer averaged 8.9 minutes per game, 1.7 shot attempts per game and 1.7 rebounds per game. The last six games have seen her numbers jump to 14.1 minutes, 3.5 shooting attempts and 3.8 rebounds.

Kuier didn’t sink another game but still slammed her home to wrap up the Dallas warm-up before every game. These adventurers, who always send a bang across the ring, include one-handed punches, two-handed jams, and alleys.

But Queer is looking to indulge in a match again, and hopefully make her second slam win even better.

“Everyone wanted me to do it so badly,” Coeure said. “Now I feel more comfortable with that and would definitely do so if I had the chance again.”

Dallas Wings center, Oak Coyer (28), performs her traditional pre-play performance with her teammates...
Dallas Wings center Oak Quayer (28) performs a traditional pre-game performance as her teammates jump in unison before their game against the Seattle Storm at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, June 10, 2022.(Tom Fox/staff photographer)

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