HARTFORD, Conn. - Following its record fourth-straight NCAA National Championship win, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team was honored on Sunday, April 10 at a Victory Parade held in Hartford, Conn. The event celebrated the Huskies' 11th national title and was attended by approximately 20,000 people, according to the Hartford Police Department.
This celebratory event was produced by the Hartford Business Improvement District, in collaboration with the City of Hartford and the State of Connecticut, and a number of civic and business organizations.
The 2016 parade route began at the State Capitol building on the corner of Trinity Street and Elm Street. It proceeded north on Trinity Street, went through the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch, turned right (east) onto Jewell Street, left (north) onto Trumbull Street, and ended at the intersection of Asylum Street and Trumbull Street, just steps away from the rally that was held in front of the main entrance of the XL Center.
Several people addressed a large crowd at the rally, including U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Governor Dannel Malloy, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, senior All-Americans Moriah Jefferson, Morgan Tuck and Breanna Stewart, and associate head coach Chris Dailey who filled in for an ill Geno Auriemma.
The top-seeded Huskies topped No. 4 seed Syracuse, 81-50, on April 5 to secure the 2016 national crown. UConn finished off its historic season on a 75-game winning streak, and claimed both the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles en route to the national championship.