The U.S. Women’s Senior National Team wrapped up its fall European Tour over the weekend, splitting games in Prague and Sopron, Hungary to finish up at 3-2.
Playing with just seven players, the USA also had to deal with European clubs ready to begin their seasons and playing on their home courts. So after the U.S. handed Ros Casares Valencia a 78-68 loss last Sunday in Italy, the Spanish power evened the score with an 80-76 home win on Wednesday.
The U.S. women then traveled to central Europe, where they lost 83-77 to Czech side USK Praha on Saturday before finishing the trip in winning fashion with a 73-63 victory over UNIQA-Euroleasing Sopron.
Storm forward Swin Cash ended up as the USA’s second-leading scorer at 13.4 points per game and was the team’s only player to score double digits in all five games. She added 6.3 rebounds in the four games for which complete stats are available (a stats error kept a box score from being generated for the game in Prague).
As USA Basketball prepares to name a preliminary roster for the 2012 London Olympics, Cash’s performance during the European Tour was a statement in her favor.
“For me, this was very important,” she said. “Obviously my goal is to be in London next year. We came out here not really in the ideal situation, but we were able to have growth on this trip. I think knowing what USA Basketball’s been about, having experienced players that I’ve learned from in the past, I was just trying to share some of that with the girls that are here. Everyone is working for a position on the team next year. I thought the eight of us, then the seven, we all had a lot of growth on this trip. We got closer.”