Hottie Ink Update (Big Mama Stef Edition): Stefanie Dolson

StefDolsonUpdate_Pic01   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).

StefDolsonUpdate_Pic02    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.

StefDolsonUpdate_Pic03     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.

StefDolsonUpdate_Pic04    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.

StefDolsonUpdate_Tat01    Sadly, Stefanie experienced the loss of her grandma over the summer.  Stefanie used tattoos as a touching way to express how important she was to her.

StefDolsonUpdate_Tat02   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.

Follow Stefanie and her adventures on social media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/bigmamastef

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/bigmamastef

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Athlete Tattoo of the Day (Mystical Husky Edition): Stefanie Dolson

StefDolson_Pic01    Professional basketball is on an upswing in the District of Columbia.  Its NBA team, the Washington Wizards, are back in the playoffs for first time in 6 seasons (the intervening 5 seasons were so bad that it felt like 20).  Its WNBA team, the Washington Mystics, rebounded from two horrific seasons to return to the playoffs in 2013.

StefDolson_Pic06     The Mystics have now added a championship pedigree to their roster in the form of talented, supremely fun-loving, and lightly-inked Stefanie Dolson, the ferocious center on the the University of Connecticut’s back-to-back NCAA Championship teams (including this year’s 40-0 squad).  Sorely lacking a reliable inside presence (outside of hybrid center/forward, Crystal Langhorne, who has since been traded), Dolson brings a strength to the paint that can help take the Mystics to the next level.  If nothing else, Stefanie will having fun doing it.

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Stefanie gives President Obama ‘bunny ears’ at the White House visit for the 2013 UConn champions

Stefanie has been ballin’ for years.  As a high schooler at Minisink Valley High School in New York, she put her height to good use in both volleyball and basketball.  In her prep basketball career, she scored nearly 2000 career points and hauled in more than 1600 rebounds, leading her school to 4 straight championship game appearances (I have not been able to find out if they won any of them)

StefDolson_Pic07Stefanie’s on-court skills got her named to the prestigious McDonald’s High School All-American team and she more than held her own in its All-Star Game.  Off the court, Stefanie excelled in the classroom, earning membership in the National Honor Society.  Stefanie’s success brought her to the attention of UConn’s legendary, and mercurial, coach, Geno Auriemma, who brought her to Storrs, Connecticut, where she started as a freshman.

StefDolson_Pic05In her first two years at Storrs, Stefanie did not get to experience a National Championship, which is something of a birthright for the Huskies.  Both times, her UConn team fell in the Final Four.  She did manage to make the BIG EAST All-Rookie as a freshman and the All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention squad as a sophomore.  Her upper class years would know no such disappointment.

2012 Jordan Brand ClassicAs a junior, Stefanie progressed to making All-BIG EAST First Team and helped lead the Huskies to a dominating 33-point victory in the National Championship Game against Louisville (and “New 2 Tats” cutie, Shoni Schimmel).  Stefanie’s strong inside game evolved to a whole other level as a senior.  In being voted Division I Defensive Player of year, she led UConn to only the second 40-0 season in NCAA history, capping it with another dominating title game victory, this time by 21 points over Notre Dame.  Not long after he capped off her collegiate career in fine style, she was drafted 6th overall by the Washington Mystics and looks to bring that championship fire to the District.

Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images

Stefanie posing with UConn teammate Bria Hartley, who was drafted 7th overall by Seattle, and then quickly traded to Washington (adding to the UConn luster) (Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)

Stefanie’s body art appreciation dates back to high school.  When she was 16 years old, she and her sisters went to get tattooed together.  Stefanie got a constellation of stars and the word ‘Laugh’ (representative of her personality) inscribed on her right foot.  You can see this cute tattoo below.

StefDolson_Tat02After her junior year at UConn, Stefanie commemorated winning the National Championship in New Orleans by getting a Fleur-de-lis on the back of her left ankle.  It is partly visible when she battles Jimmy Fallon in a ‘dance off‘ on the “Tonight Show”.

StefDolson_Tat01You can follow this newest Mystic on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/bigmamastef