COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Thousands of fans packed Reed Arena Wednesday afternoon to welcome the Texas A&M Aggies home with their first national championship.

The band played, a huge banner and four smaller ones declaring the winners surrounded a stage on the court. The team and coaches gathered to address the crowd a day after the 76-70 win over Notre Dame.

University president R. Bowen Loftin declared it a “great day in Aggieland” and says the championship “belongs to all Aggies.”

Texas A&M’s first All-American, Danielle Adams, who scored 30 points in the win, received a standing ovation. She thanked Texas A&M for giving her a chance out of junior college.

A four-legged fan joined in the celebration as Texas A&M’s collie mascot Reveille strolled around the arena.