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Parade, Rally Set To Honor UConn Women’s Hoops Team

The Connecticut Huskies celebrate after defeating the Louisville Cardinals during the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four Championship at New Orleans Arena on April 9, 2013 in New Orleans. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Connecticut Huskies celebrate after defeating the Louisville Cardinals during the 2013 NCAA Women’s Final Four Championship at New Orleans Arena on April 9, 2013 in New Orleans. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

STORRS, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – They’re ready to celebrate in Storrs.

Gov. Dannel Malloy is set to participate in a parade and rally honoring the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team for bagging a record-tying eighth NCAA title.

His office announced Saturday that Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will participate in the celebrations scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Hartford.

The parade will kick off at 4 p.m. at the State Capitol, travel north on Trinity Street, and circle Bushnell Park before returning up Capitol avenue to the statehouse, where the rally will be held.

Malloy, UConn coach Geno Auriemma and some players are expected to address the crowd at the rally.

The national champs ran a victory lap on the day they returned home from the tournament.

UConn Women's Basketball Championship Parade Route (credit: Twitter/Gov. Malloy)

UConn Women’s Basketball Championship Parade Route (credit: Twitter/Gov. Malloy)

The event is being hosted by the Hartford Business Improvement District and will be paid for using private donations.

And this coming week, UConn is set to break ground on its new $35 million basketball development center.

The 78,200 square-foot facility in Storrs will feature practice gyms for the men’s and women’s basketball programs, along with locker rooms and coaches’ offices. It also will include areas for academic support, video analysis, sports medicine and strength training.

The groundbreaking ceremony is set for Tuesday afternoon.

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