3:00 PM ET, January 30, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Cisti Greenwalt was too big and too much for Texas A&M to handle even without her star frontcourt partner.With forward LaToya Davis sidelined by injury, Texas Tech (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) got a career high-tying 26 points and 16 rebounds from Greenwalt in a 67-54 victory over Texas A&M on Sunday."I have to go out with that mindset every game," said Greenwalt, who added three blocks to improve her Big 12 career-leading total to 267. "I'm 6-foot-5. I've got to go up for rebounds and be strong in the paint."Chesley Dabbs scored 17 points and point guard Erin Grant added 15 assists for the Red Raiders (16-3, 7-1 Big 12), who have won 10 of their last 11 games and moved into a tie with Kansas State for the league lead.Tech won easily despite the surprise absence of Davis, who sat out the game with a strained right knee. Davis leads the Big 12 in field-goal percentage at 63.4 percent and averages 12 points and seven rebounds a game."She's so much of our plan," Tech coach Marsha Sharp said. "We were concerned about her ability to play. We have a week to rest her and I think that will be important for the second half of play."Morenike Atunrase led A&M (11-7, 2-6) with 13 points and Charlette Castile added 10. Tamea Scales, the Aggies' leading scorer, had nine points on 2-of-13 shooting and pulled down 16 rebounds.A&M did very little right on offense, shooting 32 percent overall -- 25 percent in the first half -- and was outrebounded 48-34. That ugly offensive performance was enough to offset a season-low five turnovers."There were a couple of things on offense that I wish I would have done," A&M coach Gary Blair said. "But by me being dumb I didn't get a chance to use them. Sometimes that happens in the flow of the game."Tech never trailed in this one and controlled the game except for a brief run by the Aggies midway through the second half.Atunrase made two free throws to bring the Aggies within 43-41 with 11:12 left in the game. But Greenwalt and Dabbs responded, scoring all 24 of Tech's points down the stretch to put the game out of reach for the punchless Aggies."They stayed with the same plan the whole game," Greenwalt said. "So we stayed with our plan too."Blair said, "We still have to get taller. (Greenwalt) is like a volleyball player out there."A&M lost its fourth straight overall and 17th in a row to the Red Raiders in this lopsided rivalry. Tech leads the series 50-9 and hasn't lost to A&M since the finale of the now-defunct Southwest Conference tournament in March 1996.The Aggies have nearly completed a tough stretch of games against Top 15 opponents. They lost at Baylor last week and will travel to No. 15 Texas on Wednesday."I still think we have a good chance," Blair said. "I'd rather compliment the other team than apologize for our team's mistakes."