May 18, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- The NCAA released the 2010-11 women's basketball attendance numbers Wednesday and the Gonzaga University women's basketball team ranked 25th in the Division I annual leaders and had the sixth largest increase in home attendance from the 2009-10 campaign.
"We have the best fans," stated head coach Kelly Graves after hearing the news. "Our fans are extremely supportive, loyal, and our following keeps building and building. How vital and great our fans are especially showed during our NCAA run this year; we are a women's basketball community."
The Bulldogs averaged 4,060 fans at their 16 home games this season for a grand total of 64,966. Gonzaga hosted seven non-conference games, seven West Coast Conference games and two NCAA Tournament games at the McCarthey Athletic Center. It sold out four games: Stanford University, Nov. 21, the University of San Diego, Feb. 26, the University of Iowa, March 19, and UCLA, March 21.
The Zags also increased their average attendance by 1,130 from the 2009-10 season to have the sixth largest attendance jump. In 2009-10 Gonzaga averaged 2,931 fans per game.
The NCAA said that 8,127,779 people attended Division I games in 2010-11, breaking the 2007-08 record by nearly 40,000. The NCAA Division I average attendance this season was 1,642.
For the eighth straight season, and 14th out of the last 15, the University of Tennessee led the NCAA in home attendance with 12,599 per game. The University of Louisville followed with 10,859 and the University of Connecticut was next at 9,788.
Louisville had the largest jump in attendance, going from 6,398 in 2009-10 to its second-place number of 10,859 this season.
-Courtesy of GU Athletics