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Gamecock basketball senior guard Te-Hina Paopao takes a selfie with fans while walking towards the Statehouse on April 14, 2024. Fans gathered before 10 a.m. to see the team walk past late in the afternoon.

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Gamecock basketball senior guard Te-Hina Paopao takes a selfie with fans while walking towards the Statehouse on April 14, 2024. Fans gathered before 10 a.m. to see the team walk past late in the afternoon.

Gamecock women's basketball players cheer for head coach Dawn Staley while sitting on the steps of the Statehouse on April 14, 2024. Columbia celebrated the team's undefeated national championship victory with a parade on Main Street.

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Gamecock women's basketball players cheer for head coach Dawn Staley while sitting on the steps of the Statehouse on April 14, 2024. Columbia celebrated the team's undefeated national championship victory with a parade on Main Street.

Cocky and South Carolina cheerleaders walk in the national championship parade down Main Street on April 14, 2024. Cheerleaders, Cocky, the Carolina Coquettes and the Carolina Band were a portion of the population present at the parade.

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Cocky and South Carolina cheerleaders walk in the national championship parade down Main Street on April 14, 2024. Cheerleaders, Cocky, the Carolina Coquettes and the Carolina Band were a portion of the population present at the parade.

Gamecock basketball freshman guard Tessa Johnson laughs with teammate senior guard Te-Hina Paopao as the Carolina Band plays on the steps of the Statehouse. The Carolina Band played the fight song and the alma matter at the conclusion of the parade on April 14, 2024.

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Gamecock basketball freshman guard Tessa Johnson laughs with teammate senior guard Te-Hina Paopao as the Carolina Band plays on the steps of the Statehouse. The Carolina Band played the fight song and the alma matter at the conclusion of the parade on April 14, 2024.

Gamecock women's basketball senior center Kamilla Cardoso accepts a proclamation from Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann on the steps of the Statehouse on April 14, 2024. Rickenmann gave players and coaches with proclamations during the presentation that followed the celebratory parade for the national champions.

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Gamecock women's basketball senior center Kamilla Cardoso accepts a proclamation from Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann on the steps of the Statehouse on April 14, 2024. Rickenmann gave players and coaches with proclamations during the presentation that followed the celebratory parade for the national champions.

Basketball fans interact with Gamecock head coach Dawn Staley during the team's open practice on April 6, 2024, ahead of the national championship game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Staley signed autographs and took selfies with fans during the sold-out open practice.

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Basketball fans interact with Gamecock head coach Dawn Staley during the team's open practice on April 6, 2024, ahead of the national championship game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Staley signed autographs and took selfies with fans during the sold-out open practice.

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