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UConn honors GiGi Bryant with jersey at Team USA scrimmage

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In this March 2, 2019 photo, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and Houston in Storrs, Conn. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. Gianna also died in the crash. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)


GiGi Bryant, the daughter of Kobe Bryant, already dreamed of playing for the UConn women’s basketball team.

She tragically passed away on Sunday, dying alongside her father in a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine people in Southern California.

On Monday night, the UConn women scrimmaged Team USA, and to honor GiGi, the team left a jersey for her on their bench:

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A seat with a jersey and flowers is reserved in memory of Gianna Bryant before an exhibition basketball game in the first half of a basketball game against the US, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. Bryant was going to play at Connecticut and head to the WNBA. That was the plan. Her promising life came to a shocking, sudden and sad end Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 along with her father Kobe. They died in a helicopter crash in California along with seven others. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)