Big 12 Conference Moves Up in NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Attendance
June 23, 1999
DALLAS - Big 12 Conference women's basketball moved into second place in NCAA Division I attendance with record-highs for the league in total attendance and per-game average during the 1998-99 season.
The Big 12's 3,737 average ranked second above the Southeastern Conference in third with a 3,393 average. The Big 12 numbered a total attendance of 624,096, up 79,015 from the previous season and an increase in average of 309 fans per game. The Big Ten Conference led the nation, setting a national record for both total attendance (656,873) and per-game average (4,530).
Attendance for all NCAA women's basketball soared past the eight-million mark for the first time in history with 5,840,934 of those fans attending Division I games, marking the second straight season that Division I has eclipsed the five-million plateau. Women's basketball attendance saw an increase for the 15th consecutive year.
Texas Tech ranked fourth nationally and led all Big 12 schools with an average home attendance of 8,051. Texas ranked 10th with a 6,712 average, followed by Iowa State in 11th with a 6,115 average. Nebraska was the fourth Big 12 school in the Top 20 at 15th with a 5,000 average. Two Big 12 schools ranked in the top 10 for average attendance increase from the previous year. Iowa State was listed in sixth with a change in average of 2,340 from the 1997-98 season while Nebraska ranked ninth with a 1,548 change in average. A total of seven Big 12 schools marked increases in average attendance from the previous year. The Big 12 Conference had three schools ranked in the top 15 for total attendance for all games (home, road, neutral). Texas Tech was fourth with a total attendance of 198,947, Iowa State ranked eighth with 174,521, and Texas was 14th with 145,870. Home attendance averages for other Big 12 schools include: 27. Colorado, 3,205; 29. Baylor, 3,118; 30. Kansas State, 3,093; 37. Kansas, 2,575; 51. Oklahoma State, 1,852; 65. Oklahoma, 1,558; 82. Texas A&M, 1,287 and 100. Missouri, 1,108.
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