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UConn Huskies return home as national champions

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The UConn Huskies arrived home on Wednesday and attended a victory rally at UConn. (WFSB) The UConn Huskies arrived home on Wednesday and attended a victory rally at UConn. (WFSB)
UConn women land at Bradley (WFSB) UConn women land at Bradley (WFSB)
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STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

The University of Connecticut women's basketball team clinched its fourth consecutive national championship after a 31 point victory over Syracuse Tuesday night.

Fans joined the team, which became the first women's team to win four consecutive titles, at Storrs on Wednesday for a victory rally.

The team landed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks at about 4:15 p.m.

A victory lap was planned, however, the school canceled it due to the unseasonably cold temperatures.

The lap was supposed to begin at the Mansfield Town Square in Storrs Center, which is located on Route 195/Storrs Road. The team would have then headed north on Route 195 before making a quick turn onto Mansfield Road to enter the UConn campus. It would then turn onto Gilbert Road and head right onto Hillside Road before arriving at Gampel Pavilion.

The Huskies' feat is being recognized around the country.

The New England Patriots even took note with a congratulatory tweet.

Gov. Dannel Malloy released a statement about the Huskies late Tuesday night.

“The Huskies have dominated women’s basketball this entire season," he said. "What the remarkable women on this team have done is nothing short of extraordinary. I congratulate the entire team on bringing an 11th NCAA championship title back home to Connecticut. Coach [Geno] Auriemma has once again done a remarkable job, and he will go down in history as one of the greats. UConn has once again reminded the entire nation why Connecticut continues to be the official home of college basketball. This is an extraordinary moment for our state to celebrate.”

The 82-51 win marks coach Geno Auriemma's 11th national title.

"It was unbelievable! I've never experienced anything like that before. It was amazing," said UConn freshman Isabella Bastiani.

More than 10,00 students watched the game in Gampel Pavilion Tuesday. Many celebrated into the night. 

"It's a lot of fun," said Adam Farber, a freshman. "I heard someone say before, it's a family. It really is. It's just great being with everyone. [I] don't necessarily know everyone here, but I feel like we're brothers."

"It's an amazing feeling, four years in a row," said Mourad Elberkani, a student. "I'm a Junior now and since I've been here, just winning championships."

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