Paulette (Backstrom) Wallace

Flint Northwestern High School

2016 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee

Category: Basketball
Husband: Johnny Wallace
Daughters: Taylor and Morgan

Paulette grew up on Flint’s Northside and attended Pierson Elementary and Bryant Junior High. Paulette played on the Northwestern girls basketball team as their point guard and helped lead the Lady Wildcats to a 3-year record of 75-5. Paulette was co-captain on the team that won back-to-back State championships. She averaged 8 points per game during her high school career and during big games you could count on her to deliver a key basket, make an assist, steal or get a rebound to propel her team to a victory. She graduated in 1985. Paulette made All Saginaw Valley Conference second team and honorable mention All State.

Her outstanding career at Northwestern made it possible for her to get a scholarship to Bowling Green State University. At Bowling Green Paulette made first team All MAC tournament and set 5 MAC records her senior year. She was inducted into the Bowling Green State Hall of Fame in 1995 and in 2010 Paulette was selected to the Bowling Green State University All Anderson Arena Women’s Basketball Team for the impact she made playing in that arena. Paulette you have made Flint proud, this is truly your night.