STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) — Students and fans in Storrs were ready to send off the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.
The Huskies are heading to Seattle Wednesday to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 — the team’s 29th straight appearance in the round of 16.
UConn and Ohio State will meet at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle at 4 p.m. Saturday. The game will air on ABC.
UConn last lost in the Sweet 16 in 2005, falling to Stanford in Kansas City. They will be looking for a 23rd consecutive trip to a regional final.
“I’m super proud of these ladies and how they’ve pulled through, especially missing part of their team and having them be out because of injuries,” said Lauren Hipplewitz, a recent UConn graduate. “They earned every single second of this.”
Fans rushed to see the Huskies off on Wednesday, taking selfies with players, getting autographs and waving signs.
“We met them a few times before, but every time it’s just amazing,” said Allison Menderala, a freshman.
News 8’s Erik Dobratz is also heading to Seattle. Tune in to News 8 for complete coverage.