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Niemann transfers from Baylor to UC Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Emily Niemann, a key player in Baylor's drive to the NCAA women's basketball championship last spring, has completed her transfer to UC Santa Barbara.

The 6-foot-1 junior forward must sit out the upcoming season but will have two years of eligibility left beginning in the 2006-2007 season.

Niemann, from Houston, averaged 9.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 71 games spanning two seasons at Baylor, and averaged a school-record 45.1 percent shooting on 3-pointers.

She also led Baylor with 32 blocks last season.

"They've had a lot of success here at UCSB, and Im just hoping I can fit in well with the system Coach [Mark] French has established," Niemann said in a statement Thursday.

UCSB has won 10 consecutive Big West Conference titles.