Geno Auriemma at the White House. (Photo courtesy of Angelina Reyes)
July 31, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The University of Connecticut women's basketball team put the finishing touches on its 2012-13 season with a trip to the White House for the third time since 2009 as President Barack Obama welcomed the team to the executive mansion to commemorate the Huskies 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship.
The Huskies arrived at the White House Wednesday afternoon and explored a few of the residence's many rooms before the players and staff were treated to a short meet and greet with President Obama.
The president then honored the team's accomplishments with about 10-minutes of remarks in the East Room, commenting on the Huskies' perseverance during the season and recognizing the team's academic accomplishments and community service.
Head coach Geno Auriemma, Kelly Faris, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart then met with the media for approximately 15-minutes before the team grabbed some lunch and headed back to the airport to catch a plane back to the Constitution State.
UConn finished the season with a 35-4 record and claimed its record-tying eighth national championship with a 93-60 victory over Louisville on April 9. The Huskies have now won seven national titles since 2000 and have made 14 trips, including a record six-straight, to the Final Four.