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Despite no pay, NCAA rules players on pro teams

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Two New Mexico State women's basketball
players have been suspended after the NCAA determined they had
previously played on professional teams.

Ivana Stojkovic and Jenia Dimitrova will remain suspended until
their eligibility is restored by the NCAA.

The players were penalized under legislation passed a year ago
by the NCAA Management Council regarding first-time violators of
the amateur status rule.

"Neither player was compensated for their participation, signed
a contract, nor had an agent, but the teams they participated on
were determined by the NCAA to be professional teams," said NMSU
Athletics Director Brian Faison.

Dimitrova played for the Tcherno More team in Varna, Bulgaria,
and Stojkovic played for the Splitcanka team in Split, Croatia.

The Aggies have four regular season games remaining plus the Sun
Belt Conference Tournament. Their next game is Thursday at the
University of Arkansas-Little Rock.