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Fans celebrate Gamecocks’ national championship

Sights and sounds: Gamecocks women's basketball championship parade

Sights and sounds from the South Carolina women's basketball championship parade, held on Sunday, April 9 on Main Street in Columbia.
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Sights and sounds from the South Carolina women's basketball championship parade, held on Sunday, April 9 on Main Street in Columbia.

Thousands turned out Sunday on Main Street in Columbia to celebrate the national champion South Carolina women’s basketball team.

More than 30 floats and cars, including the championship team and former players who helped create the foundation for the program, were part of the event.

Sunday’s speakers included head coach Dawn Staley, junior forward A’ja Wilson, USC Athletics Director Ray Tanner, USC President Harris Pastides and SEC commissioner Greg Sankey.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced that a road near Colonial Life Arena will be renamed Dawn Staley Way.

Staley was still wearing the “net-lace” from the Gamecocks’ championship win over Mississippi State. She thanked the fans for their role in helping build the program.

“Figuratively I want to give each you a piece of this net-lace,” she told the crowd. “Take a piece of our net and reflect on what we were able to accomplish.”

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