Students, fans rally in support of UConn women’s basketball team at sendoff event

Fans are excited to send off the UConn women's basketball team during a rally on Wednesday afternoon.
Published: Mar. 22, 2023 at 8:50 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 22, 2023 at 1:50 PM EDT
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STORRS, CT (WFSB) - The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team was pumped full of all the support the Storrs campus could muster on Wednesday.

The Huskies head to Seattle for a date with the Ohio State Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

A rally was held to help send the team off. Watch it live below:

“At the sendoff, I assume this whole street’s going to be packed,” said Eben Hikade, UConn sophomore. “Everyone’s going to love it here.”

“We’re hoping for a championship,” said Laura Lydem of Bristol. “We want to bring home the ‘natty’ of course. That’s the ultimate goal always.”

“Oh it’s so fun. I just love seeing everyone out in their UConn gear and stuff”, said Allison Mendrala, UConn freshman.

With Jonathan the husky by their side, the players signed a few autographs and addressed the crowd before heading off.

The atmosphere was incredible and the players showed much appreciation for their fans.

UConn defeated Baylor on Monday, 77-58. Azzi Fudd put in 22 points to lead the Huskies.

Meanwhile, Ohio State defeated North Carolina 71-69 behind Taylor Mikesell’s 17 points.

UConn and Ohio state will meet at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The game will air on ABC.

The Huskies 6-0 all time against the Buckeyes.

Channel 3 will have a crew in Seattle. Watch Eyewitness News for complete coverage.