Paalvast spent 5 years at Monmouth University, New Jersey and graduated in 2014. In her senior year she averaged 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Became just the 17th player to score over 1,000 points for Monmouth.
Prior to the her Tall Ferns duties, Paalvast lead the scoring for Southern Penninsula Sharks averaging 14.5 points per game in the Victorian Big V League.
Considered a "go to" player in the Tall Ferns, Paalvast's athleticism and strong work ethic recently earned her a contract with the Townsville Fire in the 2015/16 Australian WNBL season.