SC women's basketball team declines invitation to the White House

SC women's basketball team declines invitation to the White House

SC women's basketball team declines invitation to the White House

Staley said the team received the invitation about two weeks ago, but said she and her NCAA champions are busy trying to get better. "We won before those other teams won their championships".

The Gamecocks won their NCAA title in April.

SC head women's basketball coach Dawn Staley made her first remarks Friday after releasing a statement saying her team was skipping a White House invitation to focus on the season. "I don't know what else has to happen".

The president hosted more than 15 NCAA teams at a reception at the White House Friday. "As I've been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead".

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SC won the 2017 Women's NCAA Tournament, but isn't going to the White House.

When South Carolina's invitation to Friday's White House event finally did arrive earlier this month, Staley declined it.

The Golden State Warriors had an invite, but it was later rescinded by the White House when President Donald Trump tweeted that star guard Stephen Curry was "hesitating" in deciding whether to make the traditional champions' trip to Washington. One of those will be College World Series Champion Florida.

Back in June, President Trump hosted the 2016 national football champion Clemson Tigers at the White House. A team spokesman said the Tar Heels were willing to go, but the university and White House tried "eight or nine" dates and none worked. She also defended her team's move.

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