March 7, 2013
By Jason Krump
As a freshman in 2010, Carly Noyes led the Pac-10 in blocks (1.9 per game), becoming the first Cougar in conference history to accomplish the feat. Her 57 blocks that season broke a WSU single-season record that had stood for nearly 25 years.
Noyes continued to add to her total since her freshman campaign, and with a blocked shot at Washington, Jan. 15, she became WSU's career leader in that category, eclipsing Holly Zapel's (1982-85) 147 blocks.
For Noyes, the art of a block is not complicated. Just a matter of timing.
"Being at the right place at the right time," Noyes says.
"And not fouling," she adds with a smile.
Noyes did not have to travel far to attend WSU. She arrived at the school from her hometown of Moses Lake.
"It was the Pac-10 at the time and I liked that it's good competition and it was close to home," she explains. "My parents could make it to all my games and that was important to me. I really like the community of Pullman. There are a lot of great people here."
Noyes is majoring in elementary education and plans to go into teaching when she graduates this spring. In fact, she balances the demands of being a basketball player, with classes and student-teaching fourth-graders at a local elementary school.
"I like it. It's really rewarding watching them learn and being a part of it," she says.
She also has one more plan post-graduation: try out for a spot on the TV show "Survivor."
"I've always watched the show and feel like I know the strategies to win," she explains. "Being a basketball player gives me experience performing the physical strategies. I've always said once I finish with college I'm going to try out. Once I'm done with student-teaching we'll see."
Regardless if she'll have the experience of being on Survivor, Noyes will cherish the memories of being at WSU.
"It's been a great experience and something I will always remember," she says. "The whole college experience and relationships I've made being on this team."