Rachel Story Earns Horizon League Player of the Week
Dec. 23, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS – Senior guard Rachel Story (Milwaukee, Wis./Rufus King) has been named The Horizon League's “Player of the Week" for the period of Dec. 16-22, it was announced by the conference office Monday morning. This is the second “Player of the Week” award for Story this season as she also earned the honor on Nov. 25.
Story averaged 25.0 points last week in wins at Western Michigan (Dec. 18) and Wisconsin (Dec. 21). She shot .515 from the field (17-of-33), .429 from three-point land (3-of-7) and sank 13-of-19 free throws. Story also averaged 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over 39.5 minutes per contest.
Story owns two straight 20-point efforts, four this season and 15 in her UIC career. She has been in double-figures in 11 straight contests dating back to last season. The Flames are undefeated (8-0) with Story in the lineup this season.
Story has helped UIC win eight straight games for the first time since Jan. 11-Feb. 10, 2007 in the midst of a program-record 11 consecutive victories. Four of the eight victories have been over 2012-13 WNIT participants (Idaho State, Miami Ohio, Texas Southern and Butler).
The Flames' 8-2 record is the best ten-game start in the Division I era. UIC started 9-1 during the 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons.
Story scored a game-high 25 points to lead UIC to a 71-61 victory over Western Michigan. She scored 17 of UIC’s 40 second-half points as the Flames pulled away for their fourth straight win over the Broncos. Story was 7-of-13 from the field and a career-high 11-of-15 from the free throw line. In the second half, she was 5-of-6 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line.
Story then scored 25 points and hit the game-winning three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining Saturday afternoon in UIC’s 58-56 win at Wisconsin. Story was 10-of-20 from the field, including 3-of-6 from three-point land. She had 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting in the first half and 11 on 4-of-10 shooting in the second half.
"We moved the ball well enough against their zone on the final possession to find one of the best shooters in the nation and Rachel made a huge shot," said UIC head coach Regina Miller after the game. "You have to have a money player on your team to win games like this and Rachel has been making big shots for us all season."
The win at Wisconsin was UIC’s first victory over the Badgers in 34 seasons (1979-80 season). It snapped a 13-game win streak by the Badgers in the series.
Story is averaging 20.4 points and shooting 43.9 percent from downtown (18-of-41) this season. She ranks third in The Horizon League in scoring, first in minutes played (38.0 per game), third in three-point field goal percentage, fifth in three-pointers made (2.3 per game), ninth in field goal percentage (.462) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.746). Nationally, Story ranks 38th in scoring and 33rd in three-point field-goal percentage.
UIC returns to the UIC Pavilion Saturday (Dec. 28) for a 7 p.m. contest with Denver (1-10). The Flames will match up with the Pioneers for the first time in program history.
UIC will be home for the first time in five weeks. The Flames made trips to Puerto Rico, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin since a 76-66 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 23 at the UIC Pavilion.