Cindy Czubakowski scored 40 points for Carthage women’s basketball in 1983

This Date in Kenosha Sports History: Freshman set a school record that still stands
David Marran

By David MarranKENOSHA.COM

As the longtime Kenosha News sports editor, Marran mentored a team of talented writers over a span of two decades, crafting award-winning coverage and high praise from the local sports community.

On this date (Dec. 10) in 1983, Cindy Czubakowski turned in a performance that has stood the test of time.

Cindy Czubakowski

The freshman from South Milwaukee scored a school-record 40 points in Carthage College’s 80-69 win over UW-Whitewater in a women’s basketball game in Kenosha.

Since then, only two players have come within a basket of Czubakowski’s record (Morgan Harris 38 points vs. Loras College on Nov. 11, 2016 and Michelle Wenzel 37 points vs. Elmhurst on Feb. 28, 2014).

The 5-foot-7 guard was 17-of-23 from the field in the pre-3-point era and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line as Carthage improved to 2-3 in handing Whitewater its first loss of the season.

Czubakowski broke the record of 37 set by Kathy Mucha against UW-Eau Claire on Jan. 31, 1976. Mucha had broken the record of Sandy Burkhardt, Czuabakowski’s coach at the time, who scored 36 against UW-Parkside on Feb. 22, 1979.

Czubakowski’s outburst was barely a blip in the next day’s newspaper as women’s athletics was fighting to gain acceptance and was a novel concept to some at the time.

The Kenosha News’ report on the game was all of six paragraphs topped by a small headline on the fourth page of the section. In addition, there were no quotes and no details on the game.

The 40-point game came at the outset of arguably the greatest career in the history of the program.

Page D4 of the Kenosha News on Dec. 11, 1983.

Czubakowski is Carthage’s all-time leader in points (1,681), field goals (631) and field-goal attempts (1,601) and she set single-season records in points (475 in 1984, since broken, currently third) and free-throw percentage (.813 in 1985, since broken, currently 17th).

She was named American Women’s Sports Federation NCAA Division III third-team All-American in 1987 and she was inducted in the Carthage Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.

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