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National champion Gamecocks led country in attendance last year

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The national champion South Carolina Gamecocks were also tops in attendance in 2016-17.

According to figures released by the NCAA, South Carolina led the country in women's basketball attendance, averaging 12,277 per contest. It is the third straight season the Gamecocks have led the country in average attendance.

South Carolina won the national title with a 67-55 victory over Mississippi State in April.

South Carolina drew 196,431 people for its 16 home games. Its game against Kentucky on Feb. 26 drew a sellout of 18,000 at Colonial Life Arena.

The Gamecocks were the only team to average more than 10,000 fans a game this season. Tennessee was second with an average of 9,184 fans. Iowa State (9,106), UConn (8,888) and Louisville (8,256) rounded out the top five.