Cynthia Johnson Crowley was virtually unstoppable in her three seasons playing basketball, as Penn averaged 45 points per game from 1949-1952, Crowley accounted for over 21 points per game. Her third year, Crowley bucketed over 26 points per game, even though women played a 32-minute game, unlike the current 40-minute standard. Eight times during her career, Crowley outscored the opposition, and she was benched after the third quarter of one game so Penn wouldn’t run up the score.
Including basketball, Crowley amassed 12 letters over her four-year career. On the links, Crowley captained the Penn golf team for three seasons, and earned a victory at the prestigious 18-Hole Invitational in 1952.
She was a three-year letter winner in softball as well, for which she played centerfield and first base, and consistently hit in the three-, four-, and five-spots. Crowley’s final two letters were earned as a member of Penn’s badminton squad, for which she competed in doubles competition.
Crowley was elected to Athlon, Penn’s former women’s athletic honor society, and she was the vice president for her senior class. Since graduation, Crowley has been an avid supporter of Penn athletics, having subsidized the Harschberger-Johnson-Brendel Prize and, along with her daughter, donated the Ivy League Softball Championship Team Trophy. In 1997, the Cynthia Johnson Crowley Team Room was dedicated in The Palestra to honor her commitment to the University of Pennsylvania.