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Women’s Basketball Player Reflects on Career

Rachel Rinehart dribbles down the court in the  Nov. 12 women’s basketball game vs. Defiance.

Photo credit: Aaron Suozzi

Rachel Rinehart dribbles down the court in the  Nov. 12 women’s basketball game vs. Defiance.
Written by: Communicator StaffJanuary 20, 2017

IPFW senior Rachel Rinehart is currently completing her last semester at IPFW as well as her final season playing basketball with the Mastodons.

“The four years goes by fast,” Rinehart said. “Don’t take it for granted.”

During her time playing for the Mastodons, Rinehart has earned many titles and awards for her excellence both on and off the court.

Rinehart was on the Summit League Academic Honor Roll three years in a row and Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence her sophomore and junior years. She also was named Summit League Player of the Week in 2014.

In the Jan. 12 game vs. Denver,  Rinehart scored 13 points and nine rebounds, almost achieving a double-double.

Rinehart has scored a total of 753 points and 356 rebounds for the Mastodons at the time of publication.

She is a leader on the team and has been playing through her entire academic career.

Rinehart came to IPFW in 2013 and is graduating with her bachelor’s degree in general studies.

While she did receive an athletic scholarship, that was not the primary reason Rinehart chose IPFW.

“IPFW is close to my hometown,” Rinehart said. “And I wanted to stay close to my family — my mom, dad, grandparents.”

Prior to coming to IPFW in 2013, Rinehart played basketball for four years at Angola High School.

As a high school freshman, Rinehart was named Freshman of the Year and earned the title of team MVP and Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State honorable mention her junior year.

Rinehart said it has been challenging learning to manage academics and athletics, but she has gotten a lot better at time management over the years.

“My family is my No. 1 fan,” Rinehart said.

Rinehart said her team is like her family as well, and she is close with all of the players and coaches.

Some of her favorite memories are of team cookouts and time spent bonding.

One of her most memorable games took place during her freshman year when the Mastodons defeated Michigan state on their home court.

Rinehart said she is happy with how the current season has gone. She feels the team is improving with each game and will end the conference stronger than they started.

“IPFW has been a good fit and great experience,” Rinehart said. “I have enjoyed every second I have had to play.”

Rinehart does not plan to continue playing basketball competitively after IPFW but said she will never lose her love for the sport.

Upon graduation, Rinehart said she intends on applying to Physician Assistant School, but her only set plan for the future is to stay close to home.