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Obama Honors Undefeated Baylor Basketball Team

Obama thanks women's team for making his NCAA bracket look good

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012  |  Updated 3:14 PM CDT
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Obama Honors Undefeated Baylor Basketball Team

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) poses for photographs with the 2012 NCAA Women�s Basketball champion Baylor University Lady Bears and Head Coach Kim Mulkey in the East Room of the White House July 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Baylor Lady Bears became the first NCAA basketball team to complete a 40-0 season by defeating Notre Dame 80-61 in the NCAA women's championship. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama is honoring Baylor's undefeated women's basketball team, calling the NCAA champions a "dominant" team that scored more points than any team in women's college basketball history.

He thanked them for "making my (NCAA) bracket look good, at least on the women's side."

He added: "I picked Baylor over Notre Dame, but I have to say I wasn't the only one. It wasn't that hard."

Obama, who helps coach his daughter Sasha's youth basketball team, honored the Lady Bears' 40-0 team at the White House.

Obama also applauded the team's volunteer work, taking special note of an 11-year-old girl, Haley Klepper of Waco, Texas, whom the team has embraced. Klepper, who attended the White House event, has a rare mitochondrial disease.

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