Tipton graduate nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

In this file photo from February 2011, Westminster College guard Rachel Backes dribbles around a Principia College defender during a Lady Blue Jays’ victory at Elsah, Ill. (David Klaffenbach/Contributed photo)

In this file photo from February 2011, Westminster College guard Rachel Backes dribbles around a Principia College defender during a Lady Blue Jays’ victory at Elsah, Ill. (David Klaffenbach/Contributed photo)

Recent Westminster College graduate Rachel Backes has been selected as a NCAA Woman of the Year nominee by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

Backes, a Tipton High School graduate, was a four-year letter-winner on the Blue Jays’ basketball team. She was part of teams that compiled a school-record 67 victories.

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