Dec 14, 2002
By ROBERT W. BLACK
Associated Press Writer
CASPER, Wyo. - Cisti Greenwalt was more excited about her blocked shots than her career-high point total.
The 6-foot-5 sophomore had a career-best 26 points and her collegiate-best eight blocks to lead No. 10 TexasTech to an 84-64 victory over Wyoming on Saturday night.
"I loved it," Greenwalt said. "I was really trying for 10. I love blocking shots. That's the funnest part of the game."
Tech controlled the game from the oustet, charging to a 25-4 lead, then stretching its advantage to 27 points three times in the second half.
Greenwalt made her first seven shots and shot 10-for-13 in the game. She also had a game-high seven rebounds.
"I knew I was taller than most of them. I just had to turn and shoot," Greenwalt said.
Plenette Pierson and Jia Perkins each scored 14 points for Tech.
Despite the 20-point margin of victory, Greenwalt said the Cowgirls' big players were formidable.
"Their post players were really big and strong," she said. "It gave us a taste of what we'll see later on."
Lady Raiders coach Marsha Sharp said her team was "pretty focused" early. "I was a little concerned that we lost our focus and didn't play with the same intensity for 40 minutes."
The Raiders were outscored 44-40 in the second half.
"We'd been wanting her to cut loose and be a little bit more of our offense and she did tonight," Sharp said of Greenwalt.
Wyoming coach Cindy Fisher told Sharp that her team "has all the makings of a national championship."
"I really didn't think we'd have that hard of a time coming out of the blocks," she said. "We'll learn from that and be a little better prepared next time."
Tech, which made 11 layups and shot 61 percent in the first half, led 44-20 at the break.
The Raiders shot 56 percent (35-of-63) for the game. Wyoming shot 32 percent (20-of-62).
Greenwalt scored nine points to help the Raiders speed to a 25-4 lead just over eight minutes in.
Elliott hit a pair of 3-pointers and two free throws in a 12-3 run by the Cowgirls, who closed within 28-16 at the 7:46 mark.
Texas Tech closed the first half with a 16-4 run. Greenwalt scored eight in the surge. Tech extended its lead to 27 three times in the second half and never let Wyoming closer than 18 points.
Greenwalt shot 7-for-7 from the field and 4-for-5 from the line to score 18 points in the first half.