UT women’s basketball finished 28th in nation in attendanceWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
With their second consecutive season featuring postseason success at home, the UT women’s basketball team saw its attendance rise to one of the top totals in the country with the official results coming in this weekend.
The Rockets ranked 28th out of 343 Division I schools during the 2011-12 season in attendance, averaging 3,748 per season, the second-highest in school history (4,614, 1993-94). The total also gave UT the most fans in the Mid-American Conference for the 22nd consecutive season. Only Bowling Green (1,615) and Central Michigan (1,002) drew more than 1,000 fans from the MAC.
“Big thank you to our amazing Toledo fans!” wrote Toledo head coach Tricia Cullop on her Facebook page. “Because of you we finished the season 28th in the country in attendance, 1st in the state of Ohio and led the MAC for the 22nd straight year! All of you created an amazing atmosphere in Savage Arena this season!”
The rest of the teams in the MAC weren’t the only ones looking up at Toledo in attendance. The Rockets also led every team in Ohio, including nationally ranked squads Ohio State (3,666) and Dayton (2,382), as well as some other notable teams around the country: Kansas (2,552), Florida State (2,428), Miami (Fla.) (1,407) and Florida (1,245).
Toledo’s success at Savage Arena was highlighted this year with its Feb. 11 matchup against Bowling Green. The Rockets drew 5,131 fans, the 10th-largest total in school history.
Toledo is 57-8 in four seasons under head coach Tricia Cullop at home, including a 30-2 record in league play. The Rockets won the WNIT Championship in 2011, hosting all six postseason games. In an effort to repeat in 2012 despite missing star point guard Naama Shafir, the team won three WNIT games in Savage Arena before falling by one in overtime to Syracuse.