2014 has been a big year for ‘Big Mama Stef’ (Stefanie Dolson’s alias). When I wrote my first feature on Stefanie, she had just led the Connecticut Huskies to their second straight National Championship in basketball over Notre Dame. Less than a week later, she was selected #6 overall in the WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics (and joined a little later by her teammate, Seattle Storm #7 pick, Bria Hartley, who was immediately traded to Washington).
A little later that summer, she joined her teammates from both UConn Men’s and Women’s championship squads at the White House to be honored by President Barack Obama. Visits to the White House seem to always be an adventure for Stefanie. After the 2013 title, she humorously gave President Obama a set of bunny ears. In 2014, she found the stand behind the President a little too crowded and fell off. She quickly recovered and, while turning bright red, had a good laugh about it with Obama.
Once the WNBA season started, Stefanie proved to be a strong player off the bench, averaging 6 points per game and helping lead the Mystics to the playoffs. The highlight of her season is was a triple-overtime game against Los Angeles Sparks, where she recorded her first career double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds). After the Mystics were eliminated, Stefanie began extensively traveling as part of USA Basketball, gaining many new friends and chronicling the experience on social media.
2014 also showed off Stefanie’s growing love of body art, as she added two more to her collection. No one can ever say that Stefanie does not put a lot of thought and consideration into her tattoos. Her first two, which I covered in her first feature, were stars on her foot that she got along with her sisters and a Fleur-de-lis on her ankle to commemorate the 2013 National Championship, which UConn won in New Orleans.
Not wanting to play favorites with her National Championships, Stefanie got the Roman Numerals ‘IV-VIII-MMXIV’ etched on her left forearm. This is for April 8th, 2014, the day UConn defeated Notre Dame to win the 2014 National Championship.
It is really refreshing to have a such a fun-loving (and ink-loving) person like Big Mama Stef as a part of the D.C. sports scene. Hopefully, she will be here for a long time and help bring the Mystics the same kind of glory as the Huskies.
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