Backes graduated Magna Cum Laude from Westminster in May 2012 with a degree in biology. In 2017, she was inducted into the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Hall of Fame. While Backes was a four-starter and a four-year captain on the women’s basketball team, she collected most of her individual accolades as a senior in 2012. She was awarded the SLIAC Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, the SLIAC Player of the Year for women’s basketball, the Westminster Female Athlete of the Year, and the SLIAC Tournament MVP. Along with her accomplishments on the court, Backes was rewarded for her excellent work in the classroom, earning a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-District Team in 2011 and 2012, and a spot on the Capital One Academic All-District Team in 2012.