Niemann's transfer must be outside of Big 12

Updated: August 8, 2005, 6:24 PM ET
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- Baylor has decided to let junior forward Emily Niemann transfer after all, provided they don't have to play against her.

Niemann, the starring player in the Lady Bears' victory over Michigan State in the national championship game, sent coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson an e-mail saying she wanted to leave. Between being surprised and disappointed by the timing, school officials initially said they would let her leave the team but not play for another school.

"After discussing the matter in greater detail over the past week, we have agreed to grant Emily a partial release that will allow her to speak with institutions approved in advance by Baylor outside of the Big 12 Conference and that do not appear on future Lady Bears' schedules," athletic director Ian McCaw said Monday.

Niemann led Baylor last season in 3-point accuracy (47 percent) and averaged 9.8 points per game, which was third-best on a club that went 33-3. She scored 19 points with five 3-pointers in the title game, prompting Michigan State coach Joanne P. McCallie to call her "the whole key to this game."

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