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Joanna Acosta, a 21-year-old biology major from Virginia Beach, said she didn’t want the team to think fans deserted them just because they didn’t win the national championship.

“We don’t just love them because they made it to the Final Four. We still love them,” she said. “Their fans are still supporting them no matter what. We’ve always got their back.”

Jamie Skeen, who scored 27 points in the loss to Butler, said the welcome capped off a great season.