Fans send off UConn women at Storrs rally Thursday

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STORRS - Close to 500 fans showed up outside Gampel Pavilion on Thursday to cheer on the University of Connecticut women's basketball team as it boarded a bus for the airport to begin the trip to Indianapolis and the team's ninth consecutive Final Four.

Guard Moriah Jefferson led the fans in a cheer and forward Breanna Stewart promised to bring back a trophy.

The Huskies (36-0) are riding a 73-game winning streak and a record-breaking 22-game NCAA Tournament winning streak as they seek an unprecedented fourth straight national championship and 11th overall.

They play Oregon State (32-4) in a national semifinal on Sunday.

"If we ever stop acting like it's a big deal, then it's time to stop doing it," said Coach Geno Auriemma about a question of complacency before boarding the bus.

Fans are confident the Huskies will return victorious and don't worry about becoming complacent either.

"Talk around campus is that people are just like yup, it’s just normal for us, you know? We're the best team in the world!" said freshman Kevin Sabeti.

"UConn is really good so they're setting the standard. Get with it or just get beat!" said Taylor Smith, a UCONN softball player of recent suggestions that the women's team is too good for the game.

The UConn band, cheer and dance teams, along with Jonathan the Husky, were in attendance and lucky fans were given UConn t-shirts, rally towels, and autographed items.