Tahlequah Daily Press

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March 25, 2014

Former NSU forward Jermaine Bransford signs pro deal

NSU and state briefs

Former Northeastern State men’s basketball forward Jermaine Bransford has signed a professional deal with Bolivian club ASB Potosi, the team announced last week. ASB Potosi competes in the 17-team Liga Superior.

The contract is for the length of the upcoming season, which spans two and a half months.

He becomes the first NSU men’s basketball player to sign a pro contract since Jason Jones, who played at Northeastern State for two seasons from 2008-2010.

Bransford closed out his collegiate career in 2012-2013, and he led Northeastern State back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years. He was named to the All-MIAA Second Team after starting all 28 games and averaging 15.8 points per game. He finished ninth in the NCAA with 14 double doubles and 18th in the nation at 9.5 rebounds per game.

Jirickova wins second-straight MIAA award

Barbora Jirickova earned her second-straight MIAA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week award, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Monday morning.

The junior from Jablonec, Czech Republic, was 5-0 last week to lead Northeastern State to a pair of MIAA victories and a 5-4 upset win over the No. 1-ranked NJCAA team in the nation. Jirickova started her week by teaming with sophomore Kristina Savchenkov and upsetting the No. 6-ranked doubles team of Kylie Reynaud and Paige Murdock 8-4. She also topped Kerry Wiegand in straight sets. Wiegand is ranked No. 45 in the NJCAA.

Jirickova also won both matches against Northwest Missouri State and went 1-0 against Missouri Western State. Her singles match against the Griffons was halted when she was leading 6-0, 5-2.

Jirickova is 11-1 in singles this season and owns a 12-2 mark in doubles play.

NSU will next be in action at 10 a.m. Saturday against Lincoln in Tahlequah.

Chamberlain sidelined with back injury

A back injury, which occurred on March 13, has sidelined Oklahoma junior first baseman Lauren Chamberlain. According to the OU medical staff, the injury typically takes six weeks for recovery.

The injury has caused Chamberlain to miss the past six games after she had not missed a start in the first 148 contests of her Oklahoma career. Prior to the injury, Chamberlain was hitting .316 on the season with six home runs and 16 runs batted in. She was slugging .719 and getting on-base at a .567 clip.

After a slow start to the 2014 campaign in which she hit .171 with one home run through the first 14 contests, the two-time All-American and team captain was on a hot streak prior to her injury. In her last nine games, Chamberlain was batting .545 with nine extra-base hits, including five home runs.

The Sooners have gone 4-2 during Chamberlain’s absence, including a two-game sweep of LSU this past weekend.

The Oklahoma softball team returns to action on Wednesday with a home game against North Texas at 6 p.m.

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