Swin Cash joins ESPN as an NBA studio analyst, beginning Friday night with the KIA NBA Shootaround.
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Swin Cash Joins ESPN as NBA Studio Analyst

Current WNBA player Swin Cash has joined ESPN as an NBA studio analyst, making her debut Friday night on the Kia NBA Shootaround pre-game show at 7:30 p.m. ET. Cash becomes the first active WNBA player to serve as an NBA analyst. As part of her role, she will contribute to studio programming across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS throughout the season. Cash previously contributed as a game analyst for ESPN’s coverage of the 2005 NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

"Swin’s championship and television experience and current viewpoint make her a valued addition to our deep NBA roster,” said Norby Williamson, executive vice president, studio and remote production. “The contemporary perspectives of these four active WNBA players will provide relevant insights for our fans."

Cash, as a member of the Detroit Shock, is a two-time WNBA champion (2003 and 2006) and two-time All-Star (2003 and 2005). She was drafted with the second overall pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft out of the University of Connecticut. As a collegiate standout, Cash helped lead the Huskies to national titles in 2000 and 2002. She also won a gold medal playing for the U.S. women’s basketball team at the 2004 Olympic Games.

Cash joins several WNBA players currently making contributions to ESPN’s coverage of the NBA. Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs), who joined ESPN as a women’s college basketball analyst in 2004, added NBA courtside reporting to her responsibilities this season. Lawson will be working Friday night’s game telecast – Washington at Detroit – at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Becky Hammon (New York Liberty) joined ESPN as an NBA courtside reporter earlier this season, debuting during the Cleveland/San Antonio Nov. 3 telecast. She also contributed as a guest analyst during ESPN’s coverage of the 2006 WNBA post-season.

Stacey Dales (Chicago Sky) joined ESPN as a women’s college basketball studio analyst prior to the 2002-03 season. She added college football and basketball sideline reporting duties to her assignments in advance of the 2004-05 season. Dales will be a courtside reporter for ESPN’s college basketball coverage of back-to-back semifinal games from the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off Wednesday, Nov. 22 beginning at 7 p.m.

Lawson, the fifth overall selection in the 2003 WNBA Draft, won a championship in 2005 as a member of the Sacramento Monarchs. Lawson played under legendary coach Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee. She first worked for ESPN as an analyst during the 2004 NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

Before joining the WNBA, Hammon was a prolific scorer at Colorado State, earning All-American honors and being named a Naismith finalist. Since arriving in the WNBA in 1999, Hammon quickly became a team leader on the New York Liberty. The Liberty have advanced to the WNBA championship series in both 1999 and 2002.

Dales has played four professional seasons in the WNBA and was named an All-Star in 2002, during her rookie season. She led her University of Oklahoma team to the 2002 NCAA women’s basketball national championship game and was an All-American that season. She has also played as a member of Team Canada in the Olympic Games.