By Sue Jane Mayes: CNJ correspondent
LUBBOCK — Cisti Greenwalt did what seniors are called upon to do — lead the way. She blocked shots. Dominated the glass. And earned the 18th double-double of her career.
Riding the Clovis native’s 20 points and 14 rebounds, Texas Tech’s Lady Raiders overcame a sluggish start to overwhelm Missouri 75-45.
The 6-foot-5 Greenwalt, Tech’s only senior, used her experience in leading the Lady Raiders to their sixth Big 12 win in seven games.
“Cisti dominated the middle of the floor and took them out of the game,” Head Coach Marsha Sharp said. Trailing 18-16 with 8:50 remaining in the first period, Greenwalt tied the game with a drive inside.
She stole a pass at the 7:10 mark, which sparked a 15-2 run that allowed Tech to break open what had been a back-and-forth contest.
Sophomore Alesha Robertson nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Lady Raiders a 35-22 cushion at intermission.
Greenwalt picked up where she left off in the second half, stealing the ball on Missouri’s first possession. The Lady Tigers (7-11, 1-6) never recovered as Tech’s defense forced 14 turnovers and held Missouri to 16 of 55 from the field.
Robertson finished with 13 points while junior LaToya Davis added 11.
But it was Greenwalt who easily took Player of the Game honors. Of her 14 rebounds, 11 of those were on the defensive end, an effort complemented by five blocked shots, three steals, two assists, and no turnovers.
Tech (15-3) is now tied with Kansas State atop conference standings with a 6-1 record.