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


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

President Donald Trump is set to host collegiate sports championship teams at the White House on Friday, Nov. 17, but the SC women's basketball team will not be attending after declining an invitation. "The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA tournament".

SC has a game on Sunday, with a practice scheduled for Friday.

Staley and USC announced Thursday night they had been invited to Washington D.C. on Friday but were unable to attend.

SC was in action on the court on Thursday night, beating rival Clemson 66-36 to move to 3-0 on the young season. The White House is holding Collegiate National Champions Day on Friday.

The invite for tomorrow's event ultimately came "earlier this month", according to The State, but it seems that it was too late for Staley and her team.

"We won before those other teams won their championships", Staley said.

SC was invited to the White House earlier this month, but the Gamecocks will be unable to attend.

Trump hosted the 2016 NCAA football champion Clemson Tigers at the White House in June.

The South Carolina women's basketball team is busy defending its national title.

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".

Trump sparred with professional athletes earlier this year when National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry said his championship-winning Golden State Warriors didn't wish to meet with Trump.

The Gamecocks coach, Dawn Staley, said on Thursday that her team has declined the invitation and will instead be focusing on its season ahead, ESPN reported.