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UConn defeats rival Stanford

With the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team earning a 14th consecutive Final Four berth, the upcoming weekend has been proclaimed as “Husky Weeke
Published: Mar. 31, 2022 at 11:09 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 1, 2022 at 11:20 PM EDT
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - UConn women beat Stanford 63 - 58.

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With the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team earning a 14th consecutive Final Four berth, the upcoming weekend has been proclaimed as “Husky Weekend.”

Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday announced that he proclaimed Friday, April 1, through Sunday, April 3, 2022 as “Husky Weekend” in the State of Connecticut in recognition of the UConn women’s basketball team for playing in the NCAA Final Four tournament on Friday night.

Lamont urged all Connecticut residents to show their Husky pride over the weekend by wearing UConn Huskies gear, displaying UConn flags and signs, and sporting blue and white.

“The Huskies have been nothing short of inspirational and I am incredibly thrilled that they will be representing Connecticut on a national stage this weekend,” Lamont said. “These student athletes have represented UConn with integrity, character, and competitive excellence both on and off the court and are inspiring many young basketball fans who want to follow in their footsteps. I urge all Connecticut residents to put on your blue and white and remind the nation why Connecticut is considered the college basketball capital of the world.”

“Our Huskies continue to astonish and inspire Connecticut residents each and every year,” said Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz. “Their determination and grit are second to none, and their success off the court and in the classroom is just as impressive. I know I’ll be wearing my UConn gear and I encourage everyone throughout our state to show their support with their blue and white. We wish them all the best of luck this weekend. Let’s go Huskies!”

UConn is scheduled to play the Stanford Cardinal in on Friday at 9:30 p.m. in Minneapolis, MN. The game can be seen on ESPN.

UConn star Paige Bueckers is from Minnesota.

She grew up and played her high school basketball 15 minutes from Minneapolis.

Bueckers played at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, just 18 miles down the road.

She had a phenomenal high school career.

When you lead your team to 62 straight wins, people celebrate you.

“We’ll be at the game tonight, sitting in the second row,” said Tara Starks, Bueckers’ former coach.

Starks gave Bueckers a pep talk two weeks ago when she called after the Central Florida game and told her to shoot the ball. Paige did, and here we are.

Paige has rented a club box for tonight’s game, inviting her former high school and AAU teammates to watch the game.

UConn students support women's basketball team at watch party

At UConn, fans say they are confident about UConn’s women’s basketball team is going all the way and watching them has been unforgettable.

“It’s really exciting because a lot of people didn’t think they would make it this far and my roommate and I have been cheering them on for the full season and I grew up watching u conn basketball so it’s really exciting,” said Bree Carroll.

Logan McCallum said, “this is a great way to show a sense of community when we have all the home games this is exactly the kind of energy that we always see, and we want to keep it up so having a watch party just makes the most sense for us.”

Some students say this is the first time in a while being able to experience this kind of school spirit.

Channel 3 sports director Joe Zone is there and will have live reports leading up to the game.

UConn women get ready for matchup with Stanford