At 27 years of age, Swin Cash has already accomplished more than most people dream of in an entire lifetime. With college, professional and Olympic championships, two WNBA All-Star appearances and a thriving business, this woman has it all. And after playing well in the Shock's Eastern Conference Finals victory over the Fever, Swin is set to go for her second straight WNBA title against the Mercury.
Check out Swin's first set of responses to your questions below. You can still send Swin an e-mail, question or comment by submitting it here.
What do you and your teammates need to do to stop phoenix with their high scoring offense?
- Becky, Berwick, PA
"Score more than them (laughs)."
Great game Wednesday night. Just continue to play Detroit Shock type of ball and this series will be over quickly. Do you think phoenix has the size to keep up with you guys on the inside? Way to go Shock.
- Evelyn, Manhattan, KS
"No. I definitely think we’re bigger, so we have to expose that and in every game. We have to go inside and give our post players an opportunity to use their strength."
Do you approach games differently when you’re playing against friends, like former UConn teammate Diana Taurasi?
- Shay, Kansas City, MO
"Well of course I do … I want to win (laughs). I think it’s always fun to play against a UConn alum. Obviously, on the court with Diana and I, we can joke sometimes at the free throw line and stuff like that, but at the end of the day we both want to win."
Do you listen to music in the locker room before an important game & if so what type?
- 4th Letter, Southfield, MI
"I listen to a variety of music. Before I get to the gym I like to listen to gospel music (I listen to Joyful, Joyful off of the Sister Act soundtrack before every game), then I go into a little bit of hip hop, and by the time I hit the locker room it definitely all the top 25 rap songs. Deanna “Tweety” Nolan has the iPod and the iPod boom box for the locker room."
Which do you think was a harder series, the Semis or the Conference Finals?
-Alex, Elmsford, N.Y.
"New York was really tough and I think once we got past the New York series we were okay because we struggled with them a lot during the regular season."
It seems now that the team has its confidence and swagger back. How important is that along with experience in this finals series?
-Jemetria L. Smith, Miami, Fla.
"I think the experience is the biggest thing. I think we’ve had pretty much our swagger all year long, we’re confident, but the experience is what will put us over the top here in the Finals."
How does it feel to have accomplished so much at just 27 years old and what keeps you motivated?
"I’m very blessed. I think that my faith in God and my family and friends that support me keep me going every single day. At the same, to be 27 and to have accomplished what I’ve accomplished I feel that there’s so much more that I’ll be able to do, not only for myself, but others that are around me with my Cash for Kids charity and all of my other endeavors."
It seems like your team plays better when facing elimination, why do you think this is?
-Melissa, Griswold, Conn.
"Because we’ve been there before, so we’ve gone down that road and we have our experience to pull us through. But right now we’re trying to play from the front and not from the back."
What other sports are you interested in besides basketball?
-Anthony, Christchurch, New Zealand
"I love football. I’m a big football fan. Go Steelers! Actually my boyfriend, Chafie Fields, he’s a sports agent, so all of his players in the NFL I like to support. The other sport that I love, besides basketball, is track and field."