He LSU women’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to visit the White House this month to celebrate its winning the national championship over Iowa, following controversy from first lady Jill Biden who suggested both teams should be invited.
The university issued a press release Monday confirming plans to visit the White House May 26
«The 2023 National Championship LSU Women’s Basketball Team has accepted an invitation to celebrate their historic season at the White House,» the statement read.
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«The Tigers, who defeated iowa on April 3 to win the university’s first national basketball championship, will visit the nation’s capital on Friday, May 26.
The confirmation of the Tigers’ visit followed LSU star forward Angel Reese’s frustrations over Biden’s suggestion that the Hawkeyes be invited as well.
“I know we will bring champions to the White House, we always do,” Biden said at the time. «So, we expect LSU to come. But, you know, I’m going to tell Joe that I think Iowa should come too, because they played so well.»
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Vanessa Valdivia, the first lady’s press secretary, later clarified her comments, saying the first lady «intended to applaud the historic game and all the female athletes.»
Reese initially called the suggestion «A JOKE» on Twitter, later saying the team would visit the Obamas instead.
Reese ultimately said that she would go to «do what’s best for the team.»
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«At first we were hurt, it was emotional because we know how hard we work all year for everything,» Reese said last month, according to ESPN. «You don’t get that experience [to go to the White House] never… and I know my team probably wants to go safely and my coaches support me, so I’ll do what’s best for the team, and we’ve decided we’re going to go.»
Nearly 10 million viewers tuned in to the national championship game to watch LSU score a record 102 points in its win over Iowa. It was head coach Kim Mulkey’s fourth national title, making her the only coach to win a championship in various schools.
Joe Morgan and Ryan Gaydos of Fox News contributed to this report.