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May 10, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Storm All-Star Swin Cash reunites with former teammates

CashChina.jpgMonday’s scrimmage against China’s national team meant familiar competition for Storm forward Swin Cash (pictured right). She played in the country during the WNBA offseason.
“China was very good for me,” she said. “I’m glad I made the decision to go. Being over there, there’s only one American per team. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in that leadership role, not only just doing the little things but having to score, having to rebound, having to get steals, do everything to lead the team. That made me work even harder to get my game back where it needs to be. It’s very physical over there.”
Cash reunited with guard Ding Yaun and centers Huang Hongpin, Guan Xin, and Wei Wei at the practice facility on Monday. The group posed for pictures after playing six, 10-minutes scrimmages against Seattle. Although China had some highlights, Seattle breezed to a 113-83 final. Official stats weren’t kept, but Australian newcomer Abby Bishop, a 6-foot-3 forward, had five three-pointers to standout.
Yet, it wasn’t about winning. As in the final quarter of the exhibition loss against Tulsa on Sunday, Storm coach Brian Agler used the matchup to further evaluate the roster. Final cuts are due Friday.
“I’m just really proud of all of the girls,” Cash said of her Seattle teammates. “I think everybody made a case for themselves and really stepped up. They had to play a lot of minutes here where they may not have gotten as many in Tulsa. It was a great way to end this preseason, this training camp and start moving forward toward LA.”
Agler said Monday was the final day of camp, wanting to use the rest of the week to prepare the team for the season-opener against Los Angeles at KeyArena. Tuesday is an off-day for Seattle.
Cash, a starter for Seattle, averaged 22.9 points and 10.4 boards for her team in China. She dove into the culture, but not too much when it came to food.
“I tried some of the food, but some of it I just couldn’t really cross that line,” Cash said with a laugh. “I told them, ‘I need to bring a soul food restaurant over here, see if you guys would like that.’ There were a few things I did try. I lived about two hours away from Hong Kong, so I would go down there and see people from Britain who spoke English – but because of the accent, we couldn’t understand each other.”
Basketball was universal, however – even the postgame handshake after the scrimmage on Monday. But just for fun, Cash taught teammate Ashley Robinson how to say “good game.”
“They’re very shy,” said Cash said of her former teammates knowing English. “Kind of like how Yao Ming was when he first came here.”
NOTES: Chicago waived former Washington standout Sami Whitcomb on Sunday. The Storm waived Lindsey Wilson and Davanei Hampton.

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