By JOHN BOHNENKAMP
Iowa’s women’s basketball program ranked second in total attendance in the 2022-23 season.
The Hawkeyes drew a total attendance figure of 200,569. Iowa’s average home attendance was 11,143.
Iowa had 12 games in front of 13,000 or more fans, including the 19.482 in the national championship game against LSU in Dallas. Two of those games were on the road — 14,289 fans attended the February 18 game at Nebraska, while the February 9 game at Indiana drew 13,046.
The No. 2 ranking is the highest during Lisa Bluder’s 24 seasons as Iowa’s head coach. Iowa has been ranked in the top 10 attendance in the last four seasons when fans were allowed to attend game — the 2020-21 season had limited fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Iowa’s last three home games were sellouts. The regular-season finale against Indiana drew 15,056 fans. The NCAA Tournament opening weekend games against Southeastern Louisiana and Georgia each drew 14,382 fans.
Iowa’s appearance in the Big Ten Tournament championship game drew 9,505 fans, the largest crowd for a championship game in the tournament’s history.
Iowa State ranked seventh in overall attendance at 144,525. The Cyclones were third in average home attendance at 10,323.
Photo: Iowa’s Caitlin Clark celebrates with fans after the Hawkeyes’ win over Georgia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. (Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)