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Former Notre Dame star signs with Chicago

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Riley 'excited' about returning to Midwest

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 1:01 am

The hoop odyssey of Ruth Riley has landed in yet another, but a more familiar, locale.

Riley signed with the Chicago Sky of the WNBA on Monday for the 2012 season.

"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to play for the Sky and move back to the Midwest where I will be closer to my family,” Riley said in a release. “Chicago is a wonderful city, with deep history and undeniable passion for the game of basketball."

Riley's professional travels have taken her within the WNBA from Miami as a rookie in 2001 to Detroit to San Antonio and now to Chicago. The former Notre Dame All-American has also played professionally in Spain and Greece.

"We are extremely excited to add a person and player of Ruth's caliber to our roster,” Chicago coach and general manager Pokey Chatman said. “She will bring so much to our team and the city of Chicago. Her ability to play the 5 and stretch the defense at the 4 compliments our post game very well."

Riley is a three-time WNBA Champion, most recently in 2008 with the San Antonio Silver Stars, also earning two titles in 2006 and 2003 with the Detroit Shock.

Chicago also recently signed former UConn star Swin Cash, who teamed with Riley earlier this decade in Detroit for a championship. The duo led Detroit to the WNBA Championship in 2003, where Riley was named the WNBA Finals MVP.

"I look forward to being reunited with Swin as we bring our championship experience from Detroit to help Chicago in their quest for the playoffs and a WNBA Championship," Riley said. "I have a lot of respect for Michael Alter and his commitment to not only bringing Chicago a WNBA team it can embrace and be proud of, but also for using the platform of sport to make a difference in the community."

In her 11-year WNBA career, Riley has led her team to the playoffs 10 times and averaged 6.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

Prior to being selected fifth overall by the Miami Sol in the 2001 WNBA Draft, Riley led Notre Dame to the 2001 NCAA Championship.

The former North Miami High School standout earned her the 2001 Naismith Award as well as being named the 2001 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

In 2003, the Detroit Shock acquired Riley in the dispersal draft after the Sol folded. She was then traded in 2007 to San Antonio.