Rachel Story Signs Pro Contract to Play in Portugal
July 7, 2014
TORRES NOVAS, Portugal – Former UIC women’s basketball player and 2014 graduate Rachel Story signed a contract to play professional basketball in Portugal. Story will play for Clube Desportivo Torres Novas of Portugal’s Liga Feminina League. Story joins Jasmine Bailey (Fila San Martino Di Lupari) and Jessie Miller (DJK Brose Bamberg) as former Flames currently playing professionally overseas.
The Milwaukee, Wis. native, played two seasons at the University of Louisville before transferring to UIC following the 2010-11 season. Story sat out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules and went on to finish her two-year Flames career with 1,077 points, which ranks 15th in program history.
Story averaged 17.1 points per game and drained 96 three-pointers over 63 career appearances. She scored in double-figures on 54 occasions, including 27 contests in which she poured in at least 20 points.
In her first season at UIC in 2012-13, Story led the team in scoring and ranked sixth in the Horizon League with a 15.6 points per game average. She was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team and served as the conference's highest scoring newcomer.
As a senior in 2013-14, Story helped UIC to the best season in program history. The Flames won a program-record 26 games, collected the first postseason championship (WBI) in program history and owned the nation's largest turnaround. UIC collected 17 more wins (26-9) than the entire 2012-13 campaign (9-21), which was the largest win differential amongst 347 programs nationwide.
Story led the squad in scoring at 18.5 points per game during the 2013-14 campaign and scored 609 points, the second most in a single season at UIC. She ranked fourth in the Horizon League in scoring and was named to the All-League Second Team. Story’s career-high of 34 points against Cleveland State (Jan. 25) is the fifth highest in program history. She was selected the Horizon League’s Player of the Week twice and named to the WBI All-Tournament Team following the Flames’ title game win over Stephen F. Austin.
Story has spent the summer preparing for her new career and joins the squad in Portugal in the fall. Her first preseason game is scheduled for late September. Story will be teamed up with two other athletes who played college basketball in the United States in Brandie Hoskins (Ohio State) and Lesha Dunn (Cincinnati).