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Kentucky women’s basketball top 15 nationally again in total attendance

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Big Blue Nation continues to show its massive support for women’s basketball as the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program ranked 15th in average attendance during the 2017-18 season with 5,187 fans per game, marking the ninth straight year the Wildcats have ranked in the top 15 in average attendance nationally. UK has ranked top 25 in average attendance for 15 straight seasons.

Overall in 16 homes games – including three inside Rupp Arena – Kentucky amassed a total attendance of 82,984, which ranked top-20 nationally in total home attendance for 2017-18. Kentucky did not amass 100,000 for the seventh straight year, but played four fewer home games in 2017-18 than previous years.

Kentucky’s attendance numbers have reached impressive heights the last decade as the Wildcats have averaged 5,000 or more fans every year since 2009-10, while seven of the eight most-attended home games in program history have all come the past few years under head coach Matthew Mitchell.

The Wildcats drew big crowds all across the country, not just in Lexington, as a total of 147,477 fans saw Kentucky play during the 2017-18 season, which ranked 11th nationally.

The Southeastern Conference paced the nation in total attendance with 1,035,689 fans and average attendance with 4,523 fans per game. The next closest conference in total attendance was the Big Ten with 872,291 fans.

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