Emily Nkosi, who as Emily Niemann hit five three-pointers for Baylor in its 2005 title win against Michigan State, remembers that when recruiters came to her Houston home, as they did by the dozens in 2002, they had to pass a test. “On home visits,” Nkosi says, “my dad was assigned the question: ‘Do you have a bunch of lesbians on your team?’” Nkosi says her youth coaches abetted the process, vetting programs with their own inquiries about a “healthy climate” and the like. “You know,” Nkosi says, “the code words.” This line of questioning was especially fraught for Nkosi because, deep down, she knew she was a lesbian. But she was also a fundamentalist Christian who feared the religious repercussions of that reality.
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