Over the weekend, Storm forward Swin Cash was named MVP of the four-team tournament in Naples, Italy won by the U.S. Senior Women’s National Team. The U.S. women won both of their games against Euroleague clubs, beating Famila Schio 77-48 on Friday and knocking off Ros Casares Valencia 78-68 in Saturday’s championship game.
Cash earned MVP honors with a pair of solid games. On Friday, she had 12 points, nine rebounds and three steals. She led the USA with 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting against Ros Casares, adding six boards.
“Swin throughout these past two games has been exactly what Swin’s always been,” said U.S. Head Coach Geno Auriemma. “She’s a high-energy player who’s around the ball all the time and makes big plays. She had a couple offensive rebounds and putbacks that I thought were exactly what we needed when we needed them. She is a leader out there for them.”
As the most experienced player in international competition playing for the current USA squad, Cash has emerged as a leader.
“I remember my first time when I came out with USA Basketball and players like Tina Thompson and Sheryl Swoopes took me under their wing and showed me how things were done,” she said. “I just feel that, being the seasoned player here, it’s up to me to kind of lead by example, bring energy and hopefully the other guys will follow. All the players here are really good players and they should be here. The reward is that we all come together and get the win like we did tonight.”
The U.S. squad practiced yesterday in Naples and spent today traveling to Valencia, where they will face Ros Casares again in front of a partisan crowd on Wednesday evening.