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Noyes caps Coug career

Carly Noyes has started more games and blocked more shots than any other Coug.
Carly Noyes has started more games and blocked more shots than any other Coug.

Senior Carly Noyes will hold three career marks by the time she leaves Washington State.

Then she’ll turn her attention to a career of helping others make their marks.

Noyes just finished her elementary education advanced practicum with fourth-graders at Franklin Elementary in Pullman. She plans to begin student teaching this fall in her hometown, Moses Lake.

“It’s always something I’ve enjoyed, being with little kids,” Noyes said.

The education field brought Noyes’ family to Moses Lake in the first place. Her parents, Bob and Marie, moved from Montana to Moses Lake when Marie landed a job with the school district. Marie is now a special education teacher at Frontier Middle School and Bob is a bus driver/mechanic for the school district.

Carly’s older sister, Ann, is an art major in secondary education.

Ann (6-foot-3) and Carly (6-5) made Moses Lake into a State 4A basketball power. The Chiefs qualified for state for the first time in 2008, when Ann was a senior and Carly a junior. Moses Lake lost the championship game to Lewis and Clark.

Carly’s senior-season team placed sixth at state after she injured her ankle during the game for third and sixth places.

While Ann went off to compete in triple jump and long jump for two years at Boise State, Carly made it clear she wanted to stay close to home. She took her first recruiting visit to WSU and quickly settled on the Cougars because of their competitive schedule and the small-town college feel.

Noyes started 25 games as a WSU freshman, beginning a trend she capped Sunday by starting her team-record 111th game. Katie Appleton started 110 from 2005-09.

“At that point, we needed players who could come in and play right away,” Noyes said of her freshman season. “I just tried to work as hard as I could to learn the system.”

Noyes, the Cougars’ all-time leader in blocked shots (152), is closing in on a third career record. She has appeared in 117 games and is six away from passing the mark set by Jazmine Perkins (2008-12).

“They’re all good accomplishments for me, but the thing that means the most to me is our team,” Noyes said.

Noyes has played a leadership role this season for a team with six freshmen. The Cougars (5-7) are tied for sixth place in the Pac-12 Conference and recently had their first four-game conference winning streak since 1994-95.

“I don’t think it’s really hit me yet that I’m almost done,” Noyes said. “I’m just enjoying it with the time I have left.”

Conference leaders

Gonzaga has three players leading the West Coast Conference in individual categories: Sunny Greinacher, field-goal percentage (102 for 185, .551); Haiden Palmer, steals per game (3.1); and Taelor Karr, 3-point percentage (49 for 110, .445).

Other area leaders:

Pac-12: Lia Galdeira, Washington State, steals per game (2.91); Devyn Galland, Oregon (Lewis and Clark High), free-throw percentage (63 for 72, .875).

Big Sky: Lexie Nelson, Eastern Washington, free-throw percentage (86 for 98, .878); Kylie Huerta, EWU, assists-to-turnover ratio (1.8).

Northwest: KC McConnell, Whitworth, 3-point percentage (27 for 52, .519).

Scenic West Athletic: Georgia Stirton, North Idaho, assists-to-turnover ratio (1.4); Kabri Emerson, NIC, offensive rebounds per game (3.3).