July 18, 2005
WACO, Texas -
Baylor's women's basketball team, with the program's first NCAA National Championship to its credit, will visit the White House on Wednesday, July 20.
The Lady Bears beat three No. 1 seeds en route to winning the 2005 national championship. After starting the year No. 8 in the preseason rankings, they won 20 straight games to end the season. In the championship game, Baylor defeated Michigan State, 84-62, the 22-point margin of victory is the second largest margin all-time in championship games.
The Baylor contingent of players, coaches and support staff will arrive in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday evening (July 19) before arriving at the White House to meet with President Bush Wednesday morning. The Lady Bears will return to Waco on Wednesday.
After visiting with President Bush, a Baylor Network event is planned for the traveling party. The event, featuring several Texas and Baylor dignitaries, will be held at the Indian Treaty Room on the White House grounds.
The Lady Bears are the second Baylor program to win an NCAA team championship, but the first to visit the White House. The men's tennis team won the school's first NCAA team championship in 2004.