MAC Women's Basketball Attendance Soars to Record Level

Updated 6/30/2000
The Mid-American Conference set a new all-time record for women's basketball attendance as the number of fans through the turnstiles jumped 10,806 to 124,659, including MAC Tournament games on campus sites and in Cleveland.

"We're encouraged by the continued growth of our women's basketball programs," said MAC commissioner Rich Chryst. "It's consistent with how the game is progressing nationally and with the investment in the sport which is occurring on each of our campuses."

The two MAC divisional champions -- Kent State and Western Michigan -- each advanced to postseason tournaments, as the Golden Flashes advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history, while the Broncos competed in the WNIT for the second consecutive season.

The University of Toledo women's basketball program ranked among the top 50 NCAA Division I schools in average attendance during its 1999-2000 campaign. The Rockets averaged 1,884 fans per contest last year to rank 49th nationally and first among Mid-American Conference schools for the 10th straight season.

Toledo was joined in the top 100 by Kent State, which averaged 1,375 spectators as the No. 82 team in the country in terms of fan attendance.

NCAA women's college basketball attendance continued its remarkable growth by posting a 16th consecutive record high in 1999-00. National women's attendance rose by nearly 700,000 as 8,697,712 spectators attended games during the 1999-00 season. Of that figure, 6,356,729 attended Division I games, the first time that total has exceeded six million.