Big 12 Leads Nation In Women's Basketball Attendance

Thursday, June 28th 2007, 8:02 pm
By: News On 6

DALLAS (AP) _ The Big 12 Conference broke its own single-season NCAA record for women's basketball attendance during the 2006-07 season, the league said Thursday.

The Big 12 said 1,023,576 fans attended its members' home games last season, an average of 5,170 per contest. The previous record of 1,002,251 was set during the 2001-02 season.

It's the eighth straight year the Big 12 has led the nation's Division I conferences in attendance. The Big Ten ranked second this past season with 773,446 fans, followed by the Southeastern Conference at 753,702 fans.

Four Big 12 schools finished in the top 11 nationally in average home attendance. Texas Tech was third with an average of 10,668, while Oklahoma was fourth at 10,437. Iowa State was seventh at 8,906 and Baylor was 11th at 6,295. Six other league schools _ all but Missouri and Colorado _ finished in the top 43 nationally in attendance.

Oklahoma ranked third for largest increase in average home attendance, having improved its average by 2,807 fans per game. It's the second straight season in which Oklahoma has ranked in the top three nationally in that category.