UD Spartans Women’s Basketball Attendance Among Nation’s Best in 2014-15

Jul 6, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA announced the 2014-15 women’s basketball attendance and this past season ranks as the seventh highest total since figures beginning with the 1982 season. NCAA Women’s basketball attendance figures eclipsed the 11 million mark for the eighth straight year. The University of Dubuque and reigning Iowa Conference Champions, led the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) and finished ranked third nationally among all NCAA Division III institutions. The Spartans seniors left as the winningest class in school history after compiling 69 wins in their four years in the blue and white. With their senior leadership, UD finished third, third, second, and first the past four seasons and are the four most successful seasons in Spartan history.

Hope College led Division III in attendance for the seventh consecutive season with an average of 963 fans over 14 games. Franklin College (880), University of Dubuque (791), Luther College (641) and Maryville College (Tennessee) (611) were the next four leaders. The Division III leader was the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 487 fans per game or a total of 45,251 for 92 games, marking the second consecutive year and fifth time in six years the IIAC has led the nation in average attendance. 

“We’re pleased to see women’s basketball attendance continuing to rise as it indicates fan support for the sport and an allegiance to favorite NCAA college and university teams,” said Anucha Browne, vice president of women’s basketball championships. “Fans continue to follow women’s basketball and the attendance figures indicate this past year was full of excitement during the team tournament runs as well as during the regular season.”

UD Stoltz Sports Center has been under construction since the end of the basketball season and will be adding close to 400 additional seats in a soon-to-be-opened student section behind the visitors backboard for the 2015-16 season on the south end of Jon Davison Court.

Rank School    Home Games    (Attendance)

1. Hope – 14 (13,478)
2. Franklin – 12 (10,555)
3. Dubuque – 13 (10,279)
4. Luther – 12 (7,693)
5. Maryville (TN) – 15 (9,158)
6. Thomas More – 17 (10,211)
7. Rhodes – 15 (8,916)
8. Wartburg - 12 (7,095)
9. George Fox - 15 (8,819)
10. Mary Washington - 13 (7,310)