Emily Niemann
Birth Date: 06/06/1985
Height: 6-1
Year: RS Junior
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Previous College: Baylor Univ.
Position: Forward
UC Santa Barbara
Will sit out the 2005-06 season at UCSB due to NCAA Division I transfer rules, and have two years of eligibility remaining in 2006-07. Baylor University
Averaged 9.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 71 career games at Baylor University during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons...School-record .451 career three-point shooting percentage, while her overall field goal mark of .484 is eighth-best ever by a Lady Bear...Took her just two years to drain 153 trifectas, third-most in BU history...75 of those long bombs came during her freshman campaign, establishing a new single-season school record...Amassed five three-pointers during the 2005 NCAA Championship against Michigan State, finishing with 19 points as the Lady Bears won their first-ever national title...Also tallied 14 points in the NCAA semifinals vs. LSU, making her an obvious choice for the All-Final Four team...Those were two of her 33 career double-digit scoring efforts...Personal best 23 points came against Kansas State in 2003-04, while she enjoyed a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds in her collegiate debut vs. Mississippi State...An excellent defender whose blocked 60 shots are 10th-best on Baylor's career charts. High School
A four-year varsity letterwinner at Westbury Christian High School in Houston, TX...Averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2.5 blocks as a senior in 2002-03 en route to being named Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Private School Player of the Year...Also a member of the Greater Houston Chronicle First Team...TAPPS 4A All-State selection as a senior after earning 3A honors the three previous seasons, which all resulted in state championships for the Wildcats...Coached by Russell Carr...2002 Nike All-American...Earned honorable mention All-American acclaim from Street and Smith's in 2001 and 2002...Invited to the 2002 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival...Three-year member of the National Honor Society...Finalist in the 2003 Coca Cola "Share the Dream" essay competition and International Open Poetry Contest...Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Personal
Emily Katherine Niemann was born on June 6, 1985 in Houston, TX to Kelly and Steve Niemann...Older brother Jeff (22) helped Rice win the 2003 NCAA baseball title and was the fourth player selected in the 2004 Major League Draft...He currently pitches in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' organization...Enters UCSB as a global studies major...Would like to continue playing basketball as long as possible and then help build gymnasiums in Africa...Rooted for her hometown Houston Rockets during their glory years of the mid-1990's...Enjoys hanging out with friends and reading, especially novels by C.S. Lewis...Favorite athlete, movie and T.V. show are Katie Douglas, "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Friends", respectively...Also courted by Ohio State, Villanova and Georgetown before transferring to UCSB.