Ex-CHS standout Greenwalt playing in Sweeden

CNJ staff

Cisti Greenwalt’s journey back to the Women’s National Basketball Association has taken a stop in Sweden.

The 2001 Clovis High grad, who had two stints with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm last year, is playing in Sweden’s top division for a team in Eskiltuna, a town of about 200,000. She said her agent arranged for her to play there.

“There were a bunch of places (outside the U.S.) where I didn’t want to go,” the 6-foot-5 post player said. “I thought it would be better for me here.

“I’ve been out of the loop a little bit for the last couple of months. I’m just working on the little things here, and trying to get my confidence back up where it was (in college).”

Eskiltuna is off to an 0-3 start in what will be a roughly 30-game season, but Greenwalt has played well. She is averaging around 20 points and 12 rebounds, and has posted double-doubles in all three outings.

The team is slated to play its third home game today against Sundroll, she said.

Her apartment in Eskiltuna is provided by the team, she said, as well as money for lunch each day and for groceries.

Greenwalt, 23, who became the Big 12’s all-time leader in blocked shots in her four-year career at Texas Tech, said the Swedish season will end in April. She is hoping for another crack at the WNBA after that.

“Hopefully,” she said. “That’s my goal, to get back to the WNBA. I’ve been talking to a few people, but nothing has been settled yet.”

The level of competition is pretty good in Sweden, she said, but not quite up to what she has been used to seeing. Greenwalt compared it to NCAA Division II or the junior college level.

Teams have about 10 players each, she said. There are a fair number of big players, but Greenwalt noted that most of them play more of a finesse game.

“A lot of them don’t like to post up,” she said. “They’re not used to being physical.”

One of her teammates at Tech, point guard Erin Grant, plays for a team in Stockholm, Greenwalt said. Their teams are slated to meet later in the season.