The Huskies made history together this past season by winning an NCAA-record ninth national championship. They also joined Baylor (2011-12) as the only teams in the sport to win 40 games in a single season.
It was the fifth time that UConn finished a season undefeated (1994-95, 2001-02, 2008-09, 2009-10). And this afternoon at the White House they will be honored for their accomplishments by President Barack Obama during a ceremony that is set to begin at 4:05 p.m.
“I’m happy I’ll be there with the team,’’ said All-American Stefanie Dolson, who is now playing in the WNBA with the Washington Mystics. “(Today) having the championship team together will be great.’’
The Huskies will be accompanied by the national champion men’s basketball team. It is the second time that the UConn men and women have won the national championship in the same season (2004). It is an accomplishment that has occurred just twice in the history of college basketball.
Brianna Banks, who has been released from her scholarship and will transfer, is the only member of the 2013-14 team not expected to be in attendance today. It will be the eighth time that the Huskies have made the trip to the White House as national champions, including the fourth time with Obama in office (2009, 2010, 2013).
UConn was unable to schedule a trip after winning the national championship in 2000.
“Not a lot of people get to meet the President,’’ said Bria Hartley, another UConn All-American and member of the Washington Mystics. “That you get to go and shake his hand is pretty cool. Even though it will be the second time you still cherish the moment and an opportunity that not a lot of people get.’’
The Huskies made quite a stir during their visit to the White House last year. Dolson and Kiah Stokes were caught on camera innocently giving Obama rabbit ears during a group picture.
Dolson does not have anything planned for an encore.
“I’m going to go with the flow,’’ Dolson said. “We’ll see what happens. I won’t do anything crazy like I did last year. Having purple hair will probably be crazy enough. It will be great to be there with the men, too, so it will be great to see everyone before we all go our separate ways.’’
Dolson has challenged Obama to a dance-off. Again, though, she will not push to make it happen.
“We’re going to see,’’ Dolson said. “I won’t force anything.’’
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