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Obama fetes Minnesota Lynx for WNBA Finals win

President Barack Obama holds up a Minnesota Lynx team basketball jersey for group photo during a ceremony honoring the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx, Thursday, June 12, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Minnesota Lynx defeated the Atlanta Dream last October to win their second WNBA title in three years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is praising the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx for setting a good example for his daughters and for girls nationwide.

Obama is honoring the team's victory in the WNBA Finals in a White House ceremony Thursday. He says when young women play sports, they do better in school.

Obama says the Lynx had something to prove when they started the season. He says, quote, "You succeeded."

The team won two out of the last three finals but was vanquished in 2012.

Obama commends the team for helping students with reading and raising money for breast cancer research.

Obama says he can't remember how many times star player Maya Moore has been to the White House following victories. He's joking that she has her own White House wing.

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