Texas A&M Among Top 25 NCAA Division 1 Women's Basketball Attendance Leaders

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Texas A&M finished among the top 25 NCAA Division I women’s basketball attendance leaders in 2006-07 to mark the highest national attendance finish in school history.

The reigning Big 12 Conference champions turned in the sixth-highest attendance among all league schools ranked in the top 25 averaging a school-record 4,442 fans per game at Reed Arena. The Aggies ranked 25th nationally and had a total of 71,066 fans go through the turnstiles. They previously placed 32nd (3,598) in 2005-06, 36th (3,108) in 2004-05 and 48th (2,403) in 2003-04. With one of the hottest tickets in town, A&M posted an undefeated 16-0 record at the venue this past season. Of the seven Division I schools that finished with unblemished records on their home court, the Aggies had the best record by victories ahead of Duke (14-0), George Washington (13-0), James Madison (13-0), Belmont (13-0), Marist (12-0) and Coppin State (11-0).

Since the arrival of head coach Gary Blair, home attendance at A&M has increased 238 percent over the last four years. In fact, three of A&M’s top five all-time attended home games occurred in 2006-07 including a season-high 8,886 fans who witnessed a 60-52 upset of ninth-ranked Baylor on Jan. 13. The Aggies also drew 7,478 fans against rival Texas on Feb. 28 and 7,191 versus Oklahoma State on Jan. 30. Both crowds rank fourth and fifth respectively, while the Baylor game ranks second all-time.

For the eighth consecutive season, the Big 12 led the nation in overall attendance with an NCAA record 1,023,576 fans attending league games during the 2006-07 season. With the women’s basketball brand a top seller among conference schools, the Big 12 is the only league in the nation to hit the one million mark in attendance.

2006-07 NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOP 25 ATTENDANCE LEADERS

1. Tennessee 14,678

2. Connecticut 11,024

3. Texas Tech 10,668

4. Oklahoma 10,437

5. New Mexico 9,582

6. Maryland 9,533

7. Iowa State 8,906

8. Purdue 7,585

9. Michigan State 6,737

10. Notre Dame 6,364

11. Baylor 6,295

12. Minnesota 5,942

13. Kentucky 5,863

14. Duke 5,852

15. Penn State 5,777

16. Wisconsin 5,720

17. LSU 5,573

18. Missouri State 5,424

19. Texas 5,044

20. Ohio State 5,001

21. North Carolina 4,815

22. Wyoming 4,651

23. Vanderbilt 4,513

24. Georgia 4,485

25. Texas A&M 4,442