By Gary Johnson
NCAA women’s basketball attendance for the 2010-11 season surpassed 11 million for the fourth straight year as record highs were achieved in Divisions I and III.
Division I leaders
Division II leaders
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Division III leaders
Attendance for all three NCAA divisions was 11,159,837, good for second all-time and just short of the record 11,160,293 set in 2008-09.
Division I attendance in 2010-11 led the way with an all-time high of 8,127,779. The Division I record had been 8,090,084 set in 2007-08. Division II totaled 1,692,085 fans, while Division III also set a record at 1,206,054.
A record 333 Division I teams averaged 1,642 fans in 4,949 games or sessions this season, up slightly from 2009-10. The record of 1,693 fans per game was set in 2007-08.
For 14 of the last 15 seasons and for the eighth straight year, Tennessee led the nation in home attendance at 12,599 fans per game. Louisville took the runner-up spot at 10,859, while Connecticut was third at 9,788. Either Tennessee or Connecticut has led the nation every year since 1995. They were the only two schools to top 200,000 total fans (Tennessee at 214,187 and Connecticut at 215,328).
For all-game attendance – including home, road and neutral-site games – Tennessee was also tops as 352,488 fans watched the Volunteers over 37 games. Connecticut with 331,398 spectators was the only other team to draw more than 300,000. Six teams (Baylor, Notre Dame, Louisville, Texas A&M, Iowa State and Purdue) topped the 200,000 mark.
The Big 12 Conference led all leagues at 1,005,377 fans in 2010-11 but couldn’t top its record-setting season of 1,091,289 fans from the previous year. The Big 12 led the nation for the 12th consecutive year in conference attendance. The league’s 12 teams averaged 4,720 per game, falling short of its own national record from 2003-04 of 5,381.
After the Big 12, the Big Ten (4,161), Southeastern (3,768), Big East (3,446) and Atlantic Coast (2,647) rounded out the top five in per-game averages. Several conferences set league bests in total attendance. They were the Big East, Ohio Valley, Mid-American, West Coast, Mid-Eastern, Atlantic Sun and Southland. The Big East, OVC, Southwestern, WCC and A-Sun also set highs for average per game.