South Carolina Women's basketball team declines visit to White House

Arnold Nichols
November 19, 2017

President Donald Trump hosted college sports championship teams at the White House on Friday, although the SC women's basketball team declined the invitation.

The president hosted more than 15 NCAA teams at a reception at the White House Friday.

Earlier this year the University of North Carolina Tar Heels men's 2017 championship basketball team said that it was unable to agree with the White House upon a date for a visit. "The only invitation I would like is to get into the NCAA tournament in March", The Washington Post reports.

The Gamecocks won their title in the spring, but the invitation to the White House arrived in November, after other championship teams had been invited, the New York Daily News reported.

Bearcats players at the White House were seniors Sarah Wille, Jessica Mellott and Nicole Fung Calleja; juniors Lauren Pate, Ashley Dunn, Ashley Hathaway and Christie Draper; and sophomores Breanna Clemmer and Taylor Bailey.

"We haven't gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes", she told the Associated Press.

South Carolina women's basketball team, reigning NCAA Tournament champions, declines invitation to White House

In the Red Room of the White House, the NRA-backed Trump greeted the West Virginia's co-ed rifle team by saying, "We saved the Second Amendment!" Athletes and national champions are often giving the chance to meet with the president after winning a big game, so I'd say it's a pretty big deal. "I don't know what else has to happen".

Staley issued a statement Thursday night about Collegiate Sports Champions Day, which President Donald Trump is set to host.

"Yeah, I'm going to the White House", she stated.

However by September the team had still not received their invitation, despite other teams receiving theirs.

SC has a game on Sunday, with a practice scheduled for Friday. Trump allegedly rescinded the invite after Stephen Curry hesitated with an answer.

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