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

Ross Houston
November 17, 2017

However, Dawn Staley, the head coach of the University of South Carolina's Gamecocks, said the team would be unable to attend.

SC was invited to the White House earlier this month, but the Gamecocks will be unable to attend. Those two teams are given their own individual days. "The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament".

While other championship teams received invitations from President Trump - including the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, the National Hockey League champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the NCAA men's basketball champion North Carolina Tar Heels, Staley's team remained in the dark.

However, in September, Staley told the Associated Press the team had not received an invitation from the White House, "and that in itself speak volumes".

Staley said at the time she wasn't sure her team, which won the title in April, would go now if invited.

SC was in action on the court on Thursday night, beating rival Clemson 66-36 to move to 3-0 on the young season.

Before the season began, Staley said she would only allow herself and the team to focus on this season. USC and Staley said as of early October, they hadn't been invited for a visit. "It's what national champions do".

In September, Trump rescinded Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry's invitation to the White House after his team won the National Basketball Association championship.

On Friday, President Donald Trump is hosting the collegiate sports champions of the past year at the White House.

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