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PROWESS OF BLAZEJOWSKI Carol Blazejowski who always made it a point to show up at the local basketball court with her own ball and spent her time playing with boys on pickup courts was born on September 20 1956 in New Jersey She studied at Cranford High School with no girls basketball team Since she was born to play basketball she didnt hesitate to tell the schools athletic director who was also the boys basketball team coach that she would play in boys team if no girls basketball team were created It took the school not very long to create one Although she didnt begin any serious competition until her senior year she became one of the top scorers in the history of womens basketball When she graduated high school Blazejowski could only afford the nearby Montclair State without any offer of the few college scholarships available in 1975 But the day came for her to shine on March 6 1977 when she scored a record of 52 points against Queens College witnessed by a crowd of 12000 at Madison Square Garden in New York This was her first step to her dream as she also earned the nickname Blaze for her ability to light up the scoreboard In was a big success for her because since then no college player has ever scored more than her score at the Garden Furthermore in 1978 the three-time All-American forward was first to receive the Wade Trophy which is the college basketballs highest individual award for being the top player of the year She scored at total of 3199 points while at Montclair State and leave the highest point average per game of 317 In 1980 Blazejowski became also the highest paid player in Womens Basketball League when she signed a three-year contact for 150000 with the New Jersey Gems During the season Carol led the league in scoring and was proclaimed Most Valuable Player In
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