HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut women's basketball team has been feted with a victory parade through downtown Hartford following its unprecedented fourth consecutive NCAA tournament championship.

Senior forward Breanna Stewart was among the star players that addressed the crowd Sunday. But Coach Geno Auriemma, who had been expected to speak, wasn't in attendance because he was ill, according to organizers.

Hartford Police estimated some 20,000 supporters were in attendance.

Some Husky fans showed up as early as 7 a.m. to stake out a spot.

The day began with a parade stepping off from the Connecticut State Capitol building at 1 p.m. It led to a rally in front of the XL Center, where the Huskies play some of their home games.

UConn defeated Syracuse 82-51 in the championship game April 5.