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The South Carolina University women’s basketball team are still basking in the glow of winning the NCAA title earlier this year. Instead of a customary visit to the White House, Coach Dawn Staley has instead turned down the invite in order to focus on the upcoming basketball season.

Local outlet The State reports:

USC released a statement from Dawn Staley on the matter Thursday night following the Gamecocks 66-36 win over Clemson.

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

“We did hear from the White House about attending [Friday’s] event, but we will not be able to attend,” Staley said. “As I’ve been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament.”

The White House is holding Collegiate National Champions Day on Friday. The Florida baseball team is among those that will be honored.

Earlier this year ahead of an official invite, Coach Staley said she would consider visiting the White House although she said it would be a team decision. Apparently, they’ve made their choice loud and clear.

Photo: screen cap/@GamecockWBB

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