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The Badgers women's basketball team played in front of an average of 1,308 spectators in home games during the 2017-18 season.

Over 15 regular-season home games in the 2017-18 season, the University of Wisconsin women's basketball team listed an average attendance of 3,703.

That ranked 28th of 349 NCAA Division I teams, and seventh of 14 in the Big Ten Conference.

But nearly two-thirds of the announced attendance figure never entered the Kohl Center.

An average of only 1,308 spectators were on hand for Badgers women's basketball games in 2017-18, according to counts kept by the athletic department from ticket scanners.

The official attendance figure is based on the number of tickets sold or distributed for the event, regardless of whether they're used.

With Badgers women's basketball last season, 65 percent of tickets in hand didn't translate to a person in the seats.

The 1,308 average for fans in the Kohl Center was up 2 percent over the 2016-17 figure of 1,278, which stands as the lowest in 12 years since UW started using digital scanners in 2006.

The Badgers suffered their seventh straight losing season in 2017-18 at 9-21. They were 6-9 at the Kohl Center.

The largest crowd of the season was for the Feb. 3 game against Ohio State. The scanners showed 3,234 tickets used of an announced attendance of 6,623.

On the other side, only 497 people showed up for a non-conference game against UT-Rio Grande Valley on Dec. 6. With an announced attendance of 2,809 that Wednesday night, 82 percent of tickets were unused.

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Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.