Martina R. Jerant ’95
Year Inducted: 2006
The third leading scorer in Brown women’s basketball history, Jerant led the Bears to three Ivy League Titles and their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1994. During her career, she was a three-time First Team All-Ivy selection, the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Year, as well as the Ivy League’s Player of the Year as only a sophomore. Jerant is the all-time leading rebounder in school history with 991.
Jerant is one of just three players in Brown women’s basketball history to be a three-time First Team All-Ivy selectee and one of just four to earn All-Ivy honors all four years of their careers as she earned Second Team honors as a freshman in 1992. In 1994, she was named to the Academic All-Ivy team.
A three-time team MVP, Jerant is Brown’s all-time field goal percentage leader, averaging 52.8 percent from the field throughout her career. She is second in career free throws made, compiling 435, and second in blocks, making 213.
Jerant propelled Brown to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 1994, pulling down 24 rebounds, one shy of the school record, in an Ivy League playoff game against Dartmouth, which determined the League’s automatic bid to the Big Dance. She capped off her brilliant career at Brown by earning the Marjorie Brown Smith Award as the school’s female varsity athlete of the year in 1994. She is one of four female athletes at Brown to win both the Kate Silver Award, which she received in 1992 as the first-year female varsity athlete of the year, and the Marjorie Brown Smith Award.
A member of the Canadian National Team, Jerant competed in the Junior World Qualifying Games in 1992 and 1993. In 1994, she took part in the Goodwill Games and the International Student Games before participating in the Olympic Qualifying Games in 1995. Jerant became the Brown women’s basketball program’s first Olympian in 1996 when she represented Canada in the Atlanta Summer Games.
After earning her degree in Biology from Brown, Jerant moved to Croatia, the homeland of her parents, to play in its senior basketball league, which won the Nations Championship. She also competed in the Euro-league traveling internationally to Italy, Germany, Austria, France, Czech Republic, and Israel.
Jerant continued her basketball career as the assistant basketball coach at Columbia University while completing her Masters in Public Health. Jerant then worked in Hospital Administration in New York City for four years before moving back to Croatia after a six-month stopover in Ireland to play professionally for the Waterford basketball team.
For the past three years, Jerant has lived in Croatia where she has opened two successful Pilates and Yoga studios. She is a certified Pilates instructor and enjoys living in Europe and spending time with her family and friends.