MINNEAPOLIS -- An hour and a half before game time against the Minnesota Lynx, Brittney Griner's "faithful" patiently waited to catch a glimpse of her warm up.
Thirteen-year-old Lexi Doyle and her dad drove all the way from Des Moines just to watch the game.
"Because I wanted to see her play and hopefully get a dunk," Doyle said smiling, wearing her Phoenix Mercury Griner jersey.
That kind of sentiment was alive and well in the Target Center Thursday night where more than 8,000 fans came to see Griner play the way no women's basketball player ever has before.
"She dominates, she shoots, she blocks, she steals," fan Denise Cook said before tip-off.
Brittney Griner, in just three games, has done that but she does more, she dares her fans to dream.
"I got some young ones looking up to me and that adds to my game... it's a good feeling," Griner said of the adulation.
Griner has been in the spotlight for more than four years and it's how she's handled it that charms most.
"It's awesome, I think she is getting the word out about who she is and what can be done and girls look up to her as a good role model," Cook said.
Her play speaks for itself.
But her lesson is just starting to be learned.
She taught girls it's ok to dream to dunk and to be nothing but who they are.
"You just live through example," Griner said as she walked to the court for warm ups.
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