School refuses e-mail request for transfer

WACO, Texas -- Emily Niemann, who helped Baylor win the
women's national championship four months ago, sent team officials
an e-mail saying she wants to transfer. The school isn't allowing
Still, it appears the 6-foot-1 forward has played her last game
for the Lady Bears.
"It is with shock and personal disappointment that we announce
Emily Niemann is leaving our program," coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson
said in a statement Tuesday.
Athletic director Ian McCaw said the school is refusing
permission for Niemann to speak with other schools "due to the
timing and circumstances of this request." McCaw said Niemann is
appealing that decision.
"According to Emily's e-mail, she does not believe she can
reach her full potential in our program," Mulkey-Robertson said.
"Following the success Emily achieved the past two years and the
vital role she played in our team winning a national championship,
we were stunned by her decision and it could not have come at a
worse time with school starting in two weeks."
Niemann averaged 9.8 points last season, third-best on a club
that went 33-3, including an 84-62 victory over Michigan State in
the national championship game. Her 47 percent shooting from
3-point range led the team.
In the title game she went 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in the first
half and finished with 19 points, one below her career-high. She
came off the bench when the game was only a few minutes old and
nailed two 3s for the Lady Bears' first points. She had a rebound
and a putback early in the second half, when the Spartans had
gotten within 10 points.
"I think she was the whole key to this game," Michigan State
coach Joanne P. McCallie said that night. "If you take 51 off the
floor, it was a different game. She was definitely the X-factor."
Niemann scored 14 points in the semifinals as Baylor rallied
from a 15-point deficit to beat LSU.
Her brother, Jeff, led Rice to the College World Series title in
2003. He pitches in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization.