Swin Cash has had a long relationship with USA Basketball, including representing the U.S. in the 2004 Olympics and helping the team win gold in Athens. She was also a part of the Senior National Team that played in last fall’s Ekaterinburg International Tournament. Today, USA Basketball made Cash’s role with the National Team official, as she was one of 12 players selected for the Women’s National Team for the 2010-12 time period. Cash joins teammate Sue Bird and seven other members of the 2008 Olympic team who were originally selected last August.
“It’s an honor and a blessing to be named to the national team again,” Cash told USABasketball.com. “I understand there’s a lot of time between now and September, but this is a step in the right direction.”
From this pool of 20 players – and possibly more added at a later date – USA Basketball will choose its 12-player rosters for this fall’s FIBA World Championship for Women as well as future competitions leading up to the 2012 London Olympics. Cash’s international experience will be an asset as those decisions are being made.
“I bring experience and versatility,” she said. “Winning a gold medal, competing on the international stage and spending four years under Coach (Geno) Auriemma was invaluable experience that will help me throughout this whole process. I can play the three or the four, defend multiple positions, and have a sound understanding of Coach Auriemma’s system. So for me there won’t be much of a learning curve in that regard. I’m just excited to get started.”
Speaking of Auriemma, there’s a heavy UConn presence on the National Team roster. Including Bird and Cash, seven of the 20 players are Husky alumnae.