Swin Cash

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Swin Cash
Swin Cash (cropped).jpg
Swin Cash in 2012
WNBA's New York Liberty  – No. 32
Forward
Born (1979-09-22) September 22, 1979 (age 35)
McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 162 lb (73 kg)
College Connecticut
Draft 2nd overall, 2002
Detroit Shock
WNBA career 2002–present
Profile WNBA player profile
WNBA teams
Detroit Shock (2002–2007)
Seattle Storm (2008–2011)
Chicago Sky (2012–2013)
Atlanta Dream (2014)
New York Liberty (2014-present)
Awards and honors
NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2002)
AP All-American (2002)
2x Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2012)
Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year (2007)
WNBA All-Star (2003, 2005, 2009, 2011)
WNBA All-Star MVP (2009,2011)
WNBA Champion (2003, 2006, 2010)
NBA Shooting Stars champion (2013-2014)

Swintayla Marie Cash (born September 22, 1979), better known as Swin Cash, is an American WNBA player who plays for the New York Liberty.[1] A prolific scorer and rebounder, as well as a capable ball handler and defender, she helped lead the University of Connecticut women's basketball team to national titles in 2000 and 2002. In her second WNBA season, she led the Detroit Shock to their first ever WNBA title.

Personal[edit]

Swin Cash was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of McKeesport and raised by her mother, Cynthia. She has two brothers named Stephen and Kevin Menifee and one sister, Angelique Menifee. She holds basketball camps and clinics under her company, Swin Cash Enterprise LLC, and is involved in charity events through the WNBA.

High school[edit]

Cash attended McKeesport Area High School in McKeesport, where she participated in many activities. She "tried her hand at" baseball, track, and cheerleading, but her true passion was entertainment, which she expressed in school plays and drama class.[2] Cash is best known for her basketball skills, which earned her a place on the national WBCA All-American. She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored fourteen points, and earned MVP honors.[3][4]

College[edit]

Cash was an All-American at the University of Connecticut (UConn). She won the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship with the UConn Huskies in 2000 and 2002. She also helped lead UConn to an undefeated 39-0 season in 2002. Swin was a member of the inaugural class (2006) of inductees to the University of Connecticut women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Cash was selected by the Detroit Shock in the 2002 WNBA Draft, second overall.[6] After leading the Shock's resurgence in the second half of her rookie season, she then led the Detroit Shock to their first WNBA Championship title in 2003.[7] She played in the 2003 WNBA All-Star Game and won the gold medal with the U.S. women's basketball team at the 2004 Olympic Games.[8]

Swin Cash meets George W. Bush after winning the WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock.

In the off-season, Cash has appeared as a studio analyst on ESPN's NBA Fastbreak (according to ESPN.com) and during the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, she alternated with Teresa Edwards in presenting in-game commentary for NBC's presentation of the women's basketball tournament from the network's New York broadcast studios. Swin appeared (as herself) in the movie Bring It On: All or Nothing.[9]

Cash received the Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year award in April 2007.[10] This is an award given to someone who shows excellence to the Pittsburgh area. She was also honored with Sidney Crosby and Dan Rooney.

Cash left Detroit for the 2008 season after "struggling to build a consistent relationship with Detroit Shock head coach Bill Laimbeer". On February 19, 2008 Cash was traded to the Seattle Storm for the draft rights of No. 4 pick in the 2008 WNBA draft.[11] The Shock selected Alexis Hornbuckle with their draft pick.[12] Cash helped the Storm win their second championship in 2010.[13] On January 2, 2012, in perhaps the WNBA's biggest blockbuster trade news thus far, Cash was traded, along with Le'Coe Willingham, to the Chicago Sky joining All- Star Sylvia Fowles.

Cash has been suffering from a herniated disk for more than two years,[14] an injury suffered while helping the Detroit Shock win the WNBA championship in 2006. In 2009 she came back to Connecticut to lead the Western Conference over the Eastern Conference at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. She led all scorers with an All-Star record of 22 points in a 130-118 win. The previous high was 20 by Cash's former Detroit teammate, Deanna Nolan, in 2005.[15]

Cash was invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009.[16] The team selected to play for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics is usually chosen from these participants. At the conclusion of the training camp, the team will travel to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where they compete in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational.[16]

Cash at USA National team versus USA Select team scrimmage.

Cash was one of twenty players named to the national team pool. Twelve of this group will be chosen to represent the USA in the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.[17]

Cash was selected to be a member of the National team representing the USA at the World Championships held in September and October 2010. The team was coached by Geno Auriemma. Because many team members were still playing in the WNBA until just prior to the event, the team had only one day of practice with the entire team before leaving for Ostrava and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Even with limited practice, the team managed to win its first games against Greece by 26 points. The team continued to dominate with victory margins exceeding 20 points in the first five games. Several players shared scoring honors, with Cash, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Lindsay Whalen, and Sylvia Fowles all ending as high scorer in the first few games. The sixth game was against undefeated Australia — the USA jumped out to a 24-point lead and the USA prevailed 83–75. The USA won its next two games by over 30 points, then faced the host team, the Czech Republic, in the championship game. The USA team had only a five-point lead at halftime, which was cut to three points, but the Czechs never got closer. Team USA went on to win the championship and gold medal. Cash averaged 8.6 points per game.[18]

Cash was named as one of the National team members to represent the USA Basketball team in the WNBA versus USA Basketball.[19] This game replaces the normal WNBA All-Star game with WNBA All-Stars versus USA Basketball, as part of the preparation for the FIBA World Championship for Women to be held in the Czech Republic during September and October 2010.[20]

Cash was one of 21 finalists for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team Roster. The 20 professional women's basketball payers, plus one collegiate player (Brittney Griner), were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee to compete for the final roster which will represent the USA at the 2012 Olympics in London.[21] Cash made the final roster and played for the U.S. team that won the 2012 Olympic gold medal.[22]

Washington and Jefferson College awarded Cash with an honorary degree in Doctorate of Public Service at their commencement ceremonies in May 2011 to honor her charity work. Cash is the founder of the Pennsylvania based Cash for Kids charitable organization.[23]

European career[edit]

University of Connecticut statistics[edit]

Swin Cash Statistics[24] at University of Connecticut
Year G FG FGA PCT 3FG 3FGA PCT FT FTA PCT REB AVG A TO B S MIN PTS AVG
1998-99 22 75 127 0.591 0 0 0.000 59 92 0.634 115 5.2 14 31 15 20 332 209 9.5
1999-00 37 141 265 0.532 0 0 0.000 85 132 0.644 196 5.3 24 81 26 40 768 367 9.9
2000-01 35 162 292 0.555 0 0 0.000 103 174 0.592 263 7.5 51 76 34 33 832 427 12.2
2001-02 39 220 401 0.549 0 1 0.000 140 200 0.700 336 8.6 86 88 55 55 1085 580 14.9
Totals 133 598 1085 0.551 0 1 0 387 598 0.647 910 6.8 175 276 130 148 3017 1583 11.9

Awards and achievements[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swin Cash". Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  2. ^ Nguyen, Sheena (Oct 11, 2011). "Getting to Know: Swin Cash". DList Magazine. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "WBCA High School All-America Game Box Scores". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  4. ^ "WBCA High School All-America Game Team MVP's". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 29 Jun 2014. 
  5. ^ "Women's Basketball 1995 National Championship Team to be Recognized as "Huskies of Honor"". Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  6. ^ "2002 Detroit Shock Year In Review". Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  7. ^ "2003 Detroit Shock Year In Review". Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  8. ^ "Games of the XXVIIIth Olympiad -- 2004". Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  9. ^ "Full cast and crew". Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  10. ^ "The Rainbow Gala". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 23, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  11. ^ "2008 WNBA Transactions". Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  12. ^ "2008 WNBA DRAFT". Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  13. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (September 16, 2010). "Second title even sweeter for Storm". ESPN. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  14. ^ York, Ben (December 11, 2009). "The Definition of Class". Source Interlink Magazines. Retrieved December 18, 2009. 
  15. ^ Evans, Jayda (July 26, 2009). "Storm's Cash wins MVP as West wins WNBA All-Star Game". The Seattle Times. 
  16. ^ a b "USA Basketball Women's National Team To Tip-Off Training Tomorrow In D.C.". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  17. ^ "Charles, Moore lead U.S. pool additions". ESPN. March 3, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  18. ^ "SIXTEENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR WOMEN -- 2010". USA Basketball. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Six Olympic Gold Medalists Among 11-Member Team Set To Participate In WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Game". USA Basketball. June 30, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  20. ^ "FIBA World Championship for Women". FIBA. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Twenty-One Finalists In The Mix For Final 2012 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team Roster". USA Basketball. February 13, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2012. 
  22. ^ London 2012 - Women's Basketball - Gold Medal Game results.
  23. ^ a b Femina, Frank Della (May 19, 2011). "Seattle's Swin Cash to Receive Honorary Degree". WNBA Enterprises. 
  24. ^ "UConn Media Guide". p. 140. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  25. ^ a b c d "BigEast Regular Season Records". Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  26. ^ "Alumni Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2012-06-04. 

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