A DePaul University exhibition women's basketball game against the University of Iowa set a record.
The Iowa Hawkeyes' 94-72 win over DePaul in the "Crossover at Kinnick" on Oct. 15 drew 55,646 fans, according to ESPN. That number almost doubled the previous record of 29,619 set by Connecticut and Oklahoma in the 2002 NCAA championship game at San Antonio's Alamodome.
The DePaul-Iowa game was played outside at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium.
"Fifty-five thousand? That's pretty incredible," said Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, the reigning national player of the year who amassed a triple-double of 34 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. "I think this was amazing," DePaul guard Michelle Sidor said. "Sixty thousand people coming out for women's basketball was pretty special.
The game was Iowa's response to "Volleyball Day in Nebraska," an outdoor doubleheader in August that featured the national power University of Nebraska Cornhuskers and three other in-state college teams that drew 92,003 to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. It was the highest documented attendance ever for a women's sporting event.