WNBA veteran Swin Cash draws inspiration, toughness from her mom

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Before she was a WNBA star, before she won two Olympics gold medals and two titles at UConn, Swin Cash was just a kid trying to become just like her mom, Cynthia Cash-Smith — a left-handed basketball standout at McKeesport High School.

The left-handed part is important.

Swin is right-handed but as a kid she modeled her game after her mom’s, meaning she tried to do things left-handed as much as possible. It was a cute thing. But as she grew up, it ended up being a huge advantage in her game.

“I used always want to mimic everything that she did, so later in games when people tried to force me left that’s where I naturally want to go even though I’m right-handed so I think just things like that, the aggressive way that she played the game, being fearless that’s something I got from…

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