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McKeesport Native Swin Cash Nominated for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame



The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that Swin Cash was nominated for their Class of 2021.

A native of McKeesport, Cash shared the nomination with a list of notable women’s basketball names, including current Big East commissioner Val Ackerman and former players Yolanda Griffith and Lauren Jackson, and Becky Hammon. 

Cash was also nominated last year, but did not receive enough votes to make the Hall. A four-time all-star, Cash played 17 seasons in the WNBA, averaging 10.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game throughout her career. 

Some of her best seasons of her career were in the early stages. In three of her first four seasons playing professionally, Cash averaged over 14 points per game, including 16.6 points per game in her 2003 championship season with Detroit. After her playing career was all said and done, she had won three WNBA championships and had played in 479 games, good for sixth most on the league’s all-time games played list.

Cash, a graduate of McKeesport High School, won two national championships under legendary Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma before getting chosen with the second overall pick in the 2002 WNBA draft by the Detroit Shock. 

On top of her WNBA accomplishments, she also won two Olympic Gold Medals, the first coming in 2004 and the second coming in London in 2012. Cash now works as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans Basketball Operations Staff, holding the title of Vice President of Basketball Operations & Team Development. Last February, she was elected to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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