Lynx Make White House Visit Today
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Lynx forward Maya Moore has been to the White House before. As a member of the Connecticut women’s basketball team’s back-to-back NCAA titles in 2009 and 2010, she’s been honored in Washington, D.C. and at the very least knows what to expect from a championship visit.
But that doesn’t mean she’s not pumped to go back.
“It’s a very humbling experience every time I’ve been,” Moore said after the Lynx’s 86-79 win over Indiana on Monday. “You kind of think about your life and you think you have problems, but then you walk into the White House and you think, ‘These are real problems. They’re trying to figure out how to keep the world at peace.’ It really makes you step back and appreciate our freedoms.”
The Lynx will meet with President Barack Obama today in recognition of the team’s 2011 WNBA championship. The President will honor the team’s memorable 2011 season as well as the efforts of the Lynx to support health and wellness programs through its WNBA FIT and Breast Health Awareness initiatives.
The 2011 season was a special run for the franchise. Not only did they set a team record with 27 wins and outscored their opponents by an average of 7.9 points per game in the regular season, but they went 7-1 in the playoffs en route to the franchise’s first WNBA championship. Minnesota swept the Atlanta Dream 3-0 in the Finals to win the title.
In many ways, making their trip to the White House at this juncture of the 2012 season is symbolic of their current goals. It gives the Lynx one last chance to look back at their accomplishments before turning their full attention to the upcoming postseason.
“It’s a reminder of what we’re going for,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “For them, kind of reaching back a little and touching the special season we had last year. It’s that moment, but at the same time we want to do it again and it’s a reminder of who we are.”
Minnesota just wrapped up its home regular season schedule on Monday, going 16-1 at Target Center this season. They’ll leave Washington, D.C. and head cross country to Los Angeles for a matchup with the Sparks on Thursday, face the Mercury in Phoenix on Friday and wrap up the year with a game in San Antonio on Sunday.
The postseason begins next week.
For every Lynx player and coach visiting the White House on Tuesday, it will be a unique individual experience. While Moore has made the trip before, Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen said it will be her first time. She said she’s excited for the opportunity.
“It’s going to be great,” Whalen said. “It’s kind of a once in a lifetime thing. You definitely have to take advantage and have fun. I’ve never been there before, so this is going to be really special.”
Moore said it will be great to once more share a moment with her teammates looking back at the run the team made a year ago before they try to do it one more time this fall.
“We’ll be in good spirits and take a minute to enjoy what we did last year [today], and appreciate where we are,” Moore said. “But then it’s back to work after that.”
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