WASHINGTON – For the second time in three years,President Barack Obama welcomed the Minnesota Lynx to the White House on Thursday to honor the team on its second WNBA Finals championship win.
Obama congratulated Coach Cheryl Reeve and the team on their second championship victory last season,while also joking about the number of times Maya Moore has been to the White House.
He said she “has now been here so many times,I’ve lost track,” Obama said. “Basically,there’s like a Maya Moore wing in the White House. We got all her stuff here,she’s got a toothbrush.”
The 14 players and coaching staff at the East Room ceremony included All-Stars Moore,Seimone Augustus Rebekkah Brunson,and Lindsay Whalen.
Moore also spoke,lauding her team for doing “their jobs to perfection.”
“That’s really the heart of our team and the heart of this club. We care and it shows on the court,when we’re together,when we’re in the community,” Moore said. “That’s why this team is so special not just talent-wise.”
Obama also praised the team “for being great example for my daughters and for girls across the country,” adding that it’s important for young women to be involved in sports.
“We know that when young women are involved with sports,they do better across the board,” he said.
“I just want to mention that I was right,” he joked.
The 2013 Finals was similar to the 2011 Finals – the Lynx swept the Atlanta Dream in the 3-0 series. They’re the only championship wins in Lynx franchise history.
The Lynx made it to the finals in 2012,too,but fell to the Indiana Fever in a 3-1 series.
For those keeping score,that puts the Lynx tied for second in all-time WNBA finals appearances – behind the Houston Comets (who disbanded after the 2008 season),Detroit Shock (who relocated to Tulsa after the 2009 season) and the New York Liberty,who all have four Finals appearances.
The Lynx have their sights set on the Comets’ dynasty,which is unparalleled. The team won four consecutive titles from 1997 to 2000,the first four years of the WNBA. The Comets also remain the only WNBA team with four championship titles.
With two titles in their back pocket,the Lynx are looking ahead for their third title,and they’re on the right track. As of Thursday,Moore leads the league in average points-per-game (24.1),while the team holds a league-best 8-1 record.
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