Wyoming Falls To No. 10 Texas Tech

Dec 14, 2002

Box Score

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.

Ashley Elliott had 18 points and seven assists to lead Wyoming (4-2), which was held to 16 percent shooting in the first half. Carrie Bacon scored 16 points and Ann McColl added 10 for the Cowgirls.

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.