`Forty Flames to Follow' for 2013-14: Rachel Story|
July 31, 2013
CHICAGO – Wednesday’s coverage of UICFlames.com’s ‘Forty Flames to Follow’ summer series continues with women’s basketball player Rachel Story. The senior-to-be debuted with the Flames last year after competing two seasons with Louisville and sitting out the 2011-12 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules. By season’s end, she staked her claim as one of the league’s top scorers with a 15.6 points per game average and earned a spot on the All-Newcomer team.
Throughout the 2012-13 season, Story proved she has the ability to score in bunches as she posted 11 20-point outings, one of just six conference players to do so. She racked up 468 points during the year which stands as the ninth-highest single-season total in program history. She set a career-high with 28 points at Illinois State on Nov. 21, hitting a season-best 11 field goals. Story began the year with a six-game scoring streak of 17 points or more and notched double digits in all but six contests during the season.
Aside from being a pure scorer, Story has also shown her capability to dish the ball. The Milwaukee native averaged 3.7 assists per game which led the team and ranked ninth in the Horizon League. In a 33-point win against Roosevelt, Story tallied a career-high eight assists as the Flames set a new program record for team helpers with 30.
Story was rarely seen on the sidelines as she averaged more than 36 minutes per game, ranking third among all Horizon League players. She finished out the season on a high note by scoring 20 or more points in four of her final six games. Story will undoubtedly be a major component of the 2013-14 squad, a unit that returns nearly 82 percent of last year’s offense and four starters.