Carol Blazejowski Honored at Women’s Final Four Championship Game

Halftime event recognizes women’s basketball pioneers

(Left) Carol Blazejowski playing for Montclair State as an undergraduate. (Right) Blazejowski with current Montclair State Women's Basketball Coach, Karin Harvey, and Blazejowski's former coach and current Dean of The Graduate School, Joan Ficke.

Montclair State University alumna and Associate Vice President for University Advancement Carol Blazejowski was among a select group of trailblazing women honored for their contributions to women’s basketball on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

The women were honored during a halftime ceremony of the Women’s Final Four championship game in New Orleans. Blazejowski’s fellow honorees included nine other players, five coaches and five administrators who advanced the sport through the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women in the years before the 1981-82 season when the NCAA first sponsored women’s championships.

“I am proud to have played a role in the growth of women’s basketball,” said Blazejowski. “It is gratifying to realize that the Women’s Final Four is today one of the nation’s premiere women’s sporting events.”

As a member of the Montclair State basketball team, Blazejowski’s athletic accomplishments are legendary. Named an All-American in 1976, 1977 and 1978, she was awarded the first Wade Trophy for the Women’s Basketball Player of the Year in 1978. During the 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons she led the nation in scoring at 33.5 points and 38.6 points per game respectively. In 1980, she was the U.S. Olympic team’s women’s basketball captain. With 52 points, Blazejowski holds both the men’s and women’s collegiate single game scoring record in Madison Square Garden. She was inducted into the Montclair State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989, the James A. Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

Before joining Montclair State in her present role in University Advancement in 2011, Blazejowski served as president and general manager of the WNBA’s New York Liberty. Prior to that, she held several positions at the National Basketball Association, including director of women’s basketball programs and director of licensing for NBA Properties, Inc.