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UConn, Geno Auriemma and Team USA offer touching tribute to Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant

UConn, Geno Auriemma and Team USA offer touching tribute to Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant

'Gigi' hoped to one day play for UConn, and the program honored her memory along with her father

The UConn women's basketball program on Monday paid tribute to Kobe Bryant, 41, and Gianna Bryant, 13, who were two of nine people who died in a helicopter crash Sunday morning in Calabasas, California. The Huskies held the tribute ahead of their exhibition game against the United States women's national team. Gianna, known to most as "Gigi," dreamed of one day playing for the Huskies.

"Mambacita is forever a Husky," the program tweeted along with a photo of a jersey dedicated to Gigi draped over a chair on the team's bench next to a bouquet of flowers.

Kobe and Gigi attended a game at UConn in March 2018, according to the Hartford Courant, and Kobe told the Los Angeles Times that his daughter was "hell-bent" on playing for the Huskies.

"Kobe and Gianna meant a lot to our program," the program also tweeted. "Our thoughts are with the Bryant family. Mamba Mentality will live on forever, but they are deeply missed."

Mambacita is forever a Husky

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