April 10, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -The University of Connecticut women's basketball team arrived in Connecticut Wednesday afternoon after capturing its record-tying eighth NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship yesterday in New Orleans.
The morning bus ride to New Orleans airport was highlighted when president Barack Obama called Auriemma to congratulate him on Tuesday's victory.
The team then landed at Bradley International Airport and were greeted by fans and media who were treated to comments from head coach Geno Auriemma and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman.
The Huskies then traveled to Storrs in expeditious fashion, thanks to the benefits of a police escort, and boarded a double-decker bus in the northeast corner of campus. The bus took the team into the center of campus with fans cheering on the Huskies the whole way.
The victory lap concluded in front of Homer Babbidge Library on fan-packed Fairfield Way and the team walked to a stage set up in front of the Student Union. University president Susan Herbst, director of athletics Warde Manuel, head coach Geno Auriemma and senior guard Kelly Faris each addressed the cheering crowd of hundreds.