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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

White House visit puts capper on magical ride for 2012-13 Huskies

There is nothing like a trip to have an audience with the President of the United States and tour the hallowed grounds of the White House and surrounding area to put the finishing touches on celebration a national title.

This trip that seemed to be even more of the prevailing theme since the players have kind of scattered in recent months. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Bria Hartley led the U.S. to the World University Games title, Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck were starters for the U.S. squad which recently won the FIBA U-19 World Championship for Women. Kelly Faris is in the midst of her rookie season with the WNBA's Connecticut Sun which fellow seniors Heather Buck and Caroline Doty are transitioning to life following the end of their playing careers.

Scheduling a date was no easy task but somehow all 11 players and the entire coaching staff made it on the trip to D.C. which is the third during Barack Obama's time in the Oval Office.

"A lot has happened for our players," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "To go from people thinking that we ween't ready or this wasn't  going to be the year then winning and right after that the five players to play this summer and win gold medals for the United States, it has been a long journey for them since last September and this kind of wraps it up. Tomorrow is Aug. 1, some of them are going back to summer school, some are going home and then we start working on this year."

Faris couldn't agree with her coach more.

"It is a good way to wrap up your career," said Faris, who also was in attendance during UConn's 2010 trip to the White House. "I feel very fortunate to have opportunities like this and it is like Kaleena said it is for playing a game and you have this experiences and especially being a part of such a prestigious program."

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