In the days leading up to the New Year, WNBA.com is reliving the best of the league’s landmark 20th season in its 20 Moments of 2016 series. Check back each day from now until December 31 for more!
20 MOMENTS: WNBA Draft | Breanna Stewart’s Debut | Wings’ First Game in Dallas | Mystics-Sun Triple-OT | Lynx-Sparks Round 1 | WNBA Top 20@20 | Taurasi’s 7,000th Point | Hammon’s Jersey Retired | Jackson’s Jersey Retired | EDD vs. Stewie Duel | Olympians Capture Gold | Swin Cash Night | Pondexter Moves to No. 5 in Scoring | So Long, Penny | Stars Celebrate Duo | Tamika’s Farewell | Angel’s Playoff Showcase | Ogwumike Named MVP | Beard’s Finals Buzzer-Beater | An Epic Finale
In a year partly defined by saying goodbye to the greats, Swin Cash got her moment in the sun when the Liberty held a tribute night at Madison Square Garden. The 15-year veteran retired three-time champion in addition to being a transcendent presence off the court.
“Leadership is passion turned into action, you have taken your passion for this game to a whole new level,” WNBA President Lisa Borders said during one of seven touching speeches following the Liberty’s game against Cash’s former team, the Seattle Storm.
People from Cash’s past and present helped sum up one of the WNBA’s great careers at one of basketball’s most historic venues. It was — as the title of her Players’ Tribune farewell piece made clear — her “Curtain Call.” Seventeen days later, Cash would play her final pro game when the Liberty fell to the Mercury in the playoffs.