Swin Cash
Personal information
Born Swintayla Marie Cash
September 22, 1979 (1979-09-22) (age 39)
McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Nationality U.S. Flag American
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 1 (1.85 m)
Listed weight 162 lbs (73 kg)
Career information
High school McKeesport High School
(McKeesport, Pennsylvania)
College Connecticut (1998-2002)
WNBA Draft 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Detroit Shock
Playing career 2002-2016
Position Power forward
Jersey no. 32
Career history
2002–2007 Detroit Shock
2003–2004 VBM-SGAU Samara
2008–2011 Seattle Storm
2008–2009 ZVVZ USK Prague
2012–2013 Chicago Sky
2014 Atlanta Dream
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× WNBA champion (2003, 2006, 2010)
  • 4× WNBA All-Star (2003, 2005, 2009, 2011)
  • 2× WNBA All-Star MVP (2009, 2011)
  • 2× All-WNBA Second Team (2003, 2004)
  • WNBA Top 20@20 (2016)
  • 4× NBA Shooting Stars champion (2007, 2013–2015)
  • 2× NCAA champion (2000, 2002)
  • NCAA Tournament MOP (2002)
  • AP All-American (2002)


Swintayla Marie Cash (born on September 22, 1979), better known as Swin Cash, is an American retired Women's professional basketball player [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.</p>


Cash was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of McKeesport, Pennsylvania 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

Cash played for McKeesport Area High School in McKeesport, where she was named a WBCA All-American.[2] She participated in the WBCA High School All-America Game where she scored fourteen points, and earned MVP honors.[3][4]


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

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]

SwinCash SueBird

Swin Cash and Sue Bird meet United States President George W. Bush on May 21, 2002 after winning the NCAA women's championships.

In the off-season, Cash has appeared as a studio analyst on ESPN's NBA Fastbreak (according to 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 has said that she will be leaving 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]

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]


Four members of the Connecticut Huskies are selected in the first round: Tamika Williams, Sue Bird, Asjha Jones and Swin Cash. They accounted for a combined 16.8 percent of their teams' total points, rebounds and assists.

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 named as one of the National team members to represent the USA Basketball team in the WNBA versus USA Basketball.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20]

European career

University of Connecticut statistics

Swin Cash Statistics[21] at University of Connecticut
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


  1. "Swin Cash". Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "1998 WBCA High School All-Americans". WBCA. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  3. "1998 WBCA High School All-America Game". WBCA. Retrieved 2009-10-29.  Template:Dead link
  4. "WBCA High School All-America Game Record Book - MVPs". WBCA. Retrieved 2009-10-28.  Template:Dead link
  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. 2007-04-23. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  11. "2008 WNBA Transactions". Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  12. "2008 WNBA DRAFT". Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  13. Voepel, Mechelle (16 September 2010). "Second title even sweeter for Storm". ESPN. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  14. York, Ben (11 December 2009). "The Definition of Class". Source Interlink Magazines. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  15. Evans, Jayda (2009-07-26). "Storm's Cash wins MVP as West wins WNBA All-Star Game". The Seattle Times. 
  16. 16.0 16.1 "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. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  18. "Six Olympic Gold Medalists Among 11-Member Team Set To Participate In WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Game". USA Basketball. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  19. "FIBA World Championship for Women". FIBA. Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 Femina, Frank Della (19 May 2011). "Seattle's Swin Cash to Receive Honorary Degree". WNBA Enterprises. 
  21. "UConn Media Guide". Retrieved 15 December 2008.  Template:Dead link
  22. "Big East Conference Regular Season Records". Big East Conference. pp. Sec1:208. Retrieved 2009-11-14.  Template:Dead link
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Big East Conference Regular Season Records". Big East Conference. pp. Sec1:211. Retrieved 2009-11-14.  Template:Dead link
  24. "Big East Conference Regular Season Records". Big East Conference. pp. Sec1:207. Retrieved 2009-11-14.  Template:Dead link

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