Rachel Backes was not only one of the most successful players in Westminster College women's basketball history on the court but also a stand out in the classroom. Backes, who graduated from Westminster Summa Cum Laude in 2012 with a degree in Biology and was 2011-12 SLIAC Scholar Athlete of the Year. On the court, Backes still ranks in the top five in program history in points (1,203), assists (295), and steals (210).
She was named the SLIAC Player of the Year as a junior and earned All-Conference honors all four years while being named to the All-Tournament Team three times including the Tournament MVP in 2012. In 2011, she became the first Westminster women's basketball player to receive All-American honors when she was named DIII News All-American Honorable Mention. Over her four years as a starter with the Blue Jays she helped them to a pair of SLIAC regular season titles and the program's first ever NCAA Tournament berth in the 2011-12 season. In addition, Backes was named Academic All-Conference three times, CoSIDA Academic All-District twice, and was a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society.