UConn partying links twin national title victories

STORRS, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — Partying on the UConn campus started Monday and regained momentum Tuesday following a second national championship title in less than 24 hours.

The women’s basketball team beat Notre Dame 79-58 in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, capturing a record ninth national title. The victory came a day after the men’s team beat Kentucky 60-54 in Arlington, Texas, capturing their fourth NCAA title.

Campus police say students were mostly behaving Tuesday night, with just two arrests before midnight. Monday’s crowd wasn’t as tame. There were 36 arrests, mostly for alcohol-related offenses and minor vandalism.

But with twin national titles in the same year, fans were going to find ways to celebrate. UConn, which won both titles a decade ago, is the only Division I school that has accomplished that feat.

The university is planning events to welcome home the team. They are expected to leave Nashville around 12:45, and arrive at Bradley International Airport. As with the men’s team, there won’t be a public event.

At about 4 o’clock, after the team arrives in Storrs, they will climb aboard a double decker bus and take a victory lap around campus. That will be followed by a rally on campus.

Plans for a parade in Hartford to celebrate UConn’s second dual national championships have not been announced.
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