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UConn women receive sendoff rally before Final Four trip

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The crowds sending off UConn. (WFSB photo) The crowds sending off UConn. (WFSB photo)
The UConn women's basketball team poses after punching a ninth straight trip to the Final Four. (AP photo) The UConn women's basketball team poses after punching a ninth straight trip to the Final Four. (AP photo)
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

The University of Connecticut's women's basketball team traveled to its ninth straight Final Four after the school honored it with a rally on Thursday.

The team left for Indianapolis at about 1 p.m.

Crowds gathered to cheer players on outside of Gampel Pavilion on the Storrs campus as they board buses for the airport.

"Breanna Stewart is the best ever, best ever! There will never be anybody like her, she's the best," said Ryan Kieft, who was on the cover of Sports Illustrated with Stewart.

The band, cheer and dance teams and Jonathan the Husky were on hand for the sendoff.

"It feels good, we're excited, we're ready to go," Breanna Stewart said.

UConn distributed t-shirts, rally towels, autographed items and other things.

It's the first time in this tournament the women will travel out of the state to compete. UConn defeated Texas in its last game by 21 points.

"So we show UConn how much, how big of fans we are, and how much we love them," said Nevaeh Lewis of New Haven.

"They're gonna do it, they're gonna get the fourth title," said Hanaisha Lewis of New Haven.

The team is 36-0 this season and currently on a 73-game win streak.

Coach Geno Auriemma said they haven't done a pep rally like Thursday's for a few years, and that it is great for the fans and players alike.

"It's really cool for these kids because it's a big deal. Whenever we stop acting like it's a big deal, then that's a problem," Auriemma said.

Its opponent is Oregon State. The game is set for Sunday.

The rally was held at the north entrance of Gampel.

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