For the 11th consecutive year, the Northern State University women’s basketball team finished the 2017-18 season as the NCAA Division II National Attendance Leader. The Wolves averaged 3,056 fans per game, over 1,000 fan more than the runner-up Fort Hays State.
“A huge thank you to our loyal fans for their continued support,” noted NSU Director of Athletics, Josh Moon. “To average over 1,000 fans more than the next closest Division II team and to average more fans than the majority of Division I schools says a lot about how special NSU women’s basketball is to this region. We look forward to continuing this amazing tradition in 2018-19.”
In total, 42,788 fans watched the Wolves from Wachs Arena and the Barnett Center. That total also ranked them in the top-40 across all divisions, sitting 39th on that list of over 1,200 institutions. In addition to the total and average attendance numbers, Northern tallied the three highly attended games in the nation this past season. They tallied 4,677 fans versus MSU Moorhead on December 15, 4,639 fans versus Southwest Minnesota State on January 27, and 4,395 fans versus Augustana on January 13.
“There is truly nothing like the support we receive from Aberdeen and the surrounding communities,” added Paula Krueger, head women’s basketball coach. “It is unparalleled. NSU is a special place for many reasons, but none greater than this!”
2017-18 was a very exciting year for the Wolves women's basketball program. Northern finished as the NSIC Conference Champions for the first time since 1998. The advanced to their fifth straight NCAA regional appearance and recorded their first regional victory in those years. Curt Fredrickson finished the season with 846 career wins in 39 total years with the Wolves.