Greenwalt finds comfort with Storm

By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer

The Seattle Storm view former Clovis High standout Cisti Greenwalt as project.

Storm coach and player personnel director Anne Donovan said the team was looking for a young post player when they signed the 6-foot-5 Greenwalt in late May.

“Our staff watched her quite a bit when she was at Texas Tech,” Donovan said. “The kid’s been through a lot in the space of a few years.”
A 2001 Clovis grad, Greenwalt overcame skin cancer, a broken ankle and a near-fatal car accident to become the Big 12’s all-time leading shot blocker.

“I love her body,” Donovan said. “She’s coachable and she plays hard.”
Greenwalt has played in three of the Storm’s 15 games this season. She has yet to score in 11 minutes of action.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” said Greenwalt, who helped Clovis win back-to-back state titles in 1999-2000. “This team has been cool. I’ve always watched (Storm stars) Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird on TV, and they’ve been really cool.”

Greenwalt was in the Sacramento Monarchs training camp for a second straight season but was cut.

“I got cut on the 17th (of May),” she said. “I was still in Sacramento when (the Storm) called and asked if I could leave (for Seattle) that day.”
She took the roster spot of forward Wendy Palmer, who went down recently with a partial tear in her left Achilles tendon. Palmer is expected to be sidelined four to eight weeks.

“I was inactive until she got hurt,” Greenwalt said. “I’m still trying to get the plays. There’s still three posts in front of me, so I’ve just got to wait for that chance.

“It’s been going well in practice. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance (soon); if not, I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

She said Donovan has been supportive.

“She’s been very helpful,” Greenwalt said. “She’s given me another chance. It’s been a good experience all the way around.”

Donovan said a season playing overseas after the WNBA season would benefit Greenwalt immensely.

“She didn’t play overseas last year and that really hurt her development.”