University of Connecticut Players Honored At White House

UCONN head coach Gino Auriemma with 2010 NCAA Champs Tina Charles, Kalana Greene and Maya Moore . Photo/CD Brown.

The University of Connecticut 2010 NCAA omen's basketball champs were honored today at the White House were President Obama called them the best women's basketball team in the world, and took the credit for their back-to-back championships in two years.

" I want to point out this team has not lost a game since I was elected President", said Obama.

The Lady Huskies have won seven of the last 16 NCAA titles; six undefeated regular seasons with four undefeated championship seasons. They defeated Stanford 53-47 earlier this year to become the first Division I team ever to post back-to-back undefeated seasons.

Speaking just outside the White House on a wet, dreary Monday afternoon, the team spoke to the media where they shared what it was like visiting the White House for the second time.

"Having President Obama tell us we're an inspiration to his two daughters was major, said Moore."

The President mentioned his own two daughters and said he is glad that they have the UCONN women's team to look up to.

The girls visited several rooms in the White House including the Green, Red, and Blue rooms (Oval office).

Earlier in the day the coach and players visited wounded warriors at Walter Reed Hospital.

"I'm glad we visited them first", said coach Auriemma. "It would be hard to be on a high from visiting the White House, and then after visit the young men and women who give so much to serve this country. It takes a special individual to that."

The girls said after making their rounds at the hospital and visiting with the First Lady and President, that the next thing on their minds was "getting something to eat", and "heading back home to work out in the off season".

Those workouts must do an awful lot to prepare them for the regular season. Everyone will be watching to see if they make it back next year.

"We'll be back", said Auriemma. "When is the election, 2012? They (the Obamas) will still be here, and we'll be back."

If indeed they do return for the third straight year, there will be at least one person who will very impressed.

Said Obama, "I will say I will be very impressed if you make it here a third time in a row."

**UCONN's Kaili McLaren is from Washington, DC where she attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.

**Later this month the President will honor the Duke Blue Devils