Let's Learn From the Past: Swin Cash

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One of the greatest female athletes in Western Pennsylvania history, Swintayla "Swin" Cash has achieved extraordinary success at every level of basketball.

Cash excelled at McKeesport High School, averaging 30.4 points and 16.9 rebounds per game her senior year. In 1998, she earned high school All-America first team honors from Parade Magazine and was named the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year.

The athlete also excelled in track and field, finishing third in the state in hurdles her senior year, before continuing her winning ways at the University of Connecticut.

Her UConn teams won the 2000 and 2002 NCAA National Championships, and Cash was named a first team All-American by Kodak/WBCA and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association in 2002. She would later be inducted into the inaugural class of the UConn women's basketball "Huskies of Honor" recognition program four years after graduation.

Selected No. 2 overall in the 2002 WNBA Draft by the Detroit Shock, Cash averaged 14.8 points and 6.9 rebounds her rookie year. An All-Star in 2003, Cash helped lead the Shock to its first WNBA Championship. The following year, she was chosen to represent the United States on the 2004 Olympic basketball team, earning a gold medal.

Again a WNBA All-Star in 2005, Cash contributed to the team's second league championship in 2006. She continues to play today with the Seattle Storm and was chosen as the MVP of the 2009 WNBA All-Star Game.

Off the court, her Cash for Kids charity assists youth organizations and schools in her hometown of McKeesport to help kids develop important skills in and out of the classroom.

In 2012, Cash led the U.S. women's basketball team to win its fifth straight gold medal at the Summer Olympics in London.

Visitors to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum can see Cash's game-worn jersey from the 2004 gold medal Olympic team. For more information, visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org.


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