UConn player falls in dance-off with President Obama

UConn's men's and women's basketball teams took another trip to the White House Monday afternoon, and President Barack Obama held steady on a promise he made last year to have a dance off with Stefanie Dolson, center from the women's team now with the Washington Mystics.

"Stefanie, I did not forget that you challenged me to a dance-off last year, Obama said. "It is going to happen. It is going to happen. … Don't think that you're going to beat me on that. I also appreciate that you told the world about it after the title game. I have daughters in junior high and high school, and for their sake, I will not be dancing around too much while the cameras are around."

The President broke off in a short jig to the delight of the ceremony attendees in the East Room of the White House.

Dolson then took a spill getting back onto the risers after presenting Obama with a Huskies jersey. She said she wasn't surprised Obama remembered their bet.

"It probably helped that I fell," she said.

Dolson was not far from her new home arena Monday. She was selected in the first round, sixth overall by the Washington Mystics in April's WNBA draft. The 6-foot-5 rookie averaged 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in her four-year career in Storrs, Conn.

The Mystics picked up a twofold addition of Huskies flavor in April, adding UConn guard Bria Hartley as well. Hartley was originally drafted in the first round, seventh overall by the Seattle Storm before the Mystics traded for Hartley.

"It's been awesome having Bria there, and I know she feels the same way," Dolson said. "It's just an added comfort level. I mean, for both of us, if we're kind of lonely or something, we can go up to each other, talk to each other. We understand if something's going wrong. We have each other's backs."


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