Greenwalt may be playing in Los Angeles

CNJ staff

It’s been a whirlwind few days for Clovis native Cisti Greenwalt.

Thursday, she scored four points in an exhibition game for the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA.

Greenwalt, a post who led Clovis to state titles in 1999 and 2000, was cut as the Monarchs had an abundance of players at her position.

Saturday, she received her degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Along the way, she found out she has a deal set to play for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, according to her brother, Coby.

“We figured it was over, but she had plenty of offers to try out with other teams,” Coby Greenwalt said.

“She was really excited,” he added. “She didn’t know what to think.”

Attempts to reach Cisti Greenwalt or Los Angeles Sparks officials were unsuccessful.

The Monarchs had seven post players battling for spots on the 15-man roster.

“She had a real good showing, she just couldn’t find a spot,” Coby Greenwalt said. “There’s a much better shot of her making the L.A. team.”

The only other center on the Sparks roster is eight-year veteran Lisa Leslie, who is a four-time All-WNBA first team selection.

Sacramento coach John Wisenant did have good things to say about Greenwalt, who was drafted in the third round by the Monarchs in April’s draft.

“She’s handled herself well,” he said. “She belongs in this league, and she’s playing like I expected her to play.”

Greenwalt led the Monarchs in their 103-79 victory over the Chinese National Team with 17 points in 17 minutes off the bench May 7 in the team’s first exhibition game. She also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and blocked one shot.

Cisti Greenwalt said scouts and coaches were especially impressed with her defensive abilities. She set a Texas Tech and Big 12 record with 300 career blocks.