UConn legend Swin Cash to have number retired Nov. 14

New Orleans Pelicans executive Swin Cash will have her No. 32 retired by UConn on Nov. 14 when the Huskies women’s basketball team faces Texas at Gampel Pavilion. She will be the third former Huskies basketball player to receive the honor.

“I’m truly humbled and grateful to the University of Connecticut, my coaches and my amazing teammates,” Cash said in a statement Friday. “To know my number and name will be going to the rafters in Gampel is still mind-blowing. For me, this recognition represents a shining symbol of hope to any young female baller out there wondering if she’s good enough, who comes from humble beginnings or just doesn’t see a clear pathway. Being the best you, is always enough!”

Cash joins Rebecca Lobo (50) and Ray Allen (34) as the only retired numbers in UConn women’s and men’s basketball history. UConn reserves the honor for alumni who are in the Naismith Hall of Fame.

Cash, 43, was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in September and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021. She is a two-time NCAA champion with the Huskies, in 2000 and 2002, when UConn had a perfect season and Cash was the tournament’s most outstanding player. The No. 2 draft pick, behind UConn teammate Sue Bird, in 2002, Cash played 15 seasons in the WNBA and won three league championships: with Detroit (2003, 2006) and Seattle (2010).

As a member of the U.S. national team, Cash also won two Olympic gold medals (2004, 2012) and one FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup gold (2010). She is now the Pelicans’ vice president of basketball operations and team development.

“Anyone who was around when Swin played, or who saw her play in person, will never forget the energy that she played with, the force of her personality and the passion that she brought to everything that she did,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said in the statement. “Hanging No. 32 up in the rafters is the ultimate sign of respect from everyone here in our program and every UConn fan all over the world.”

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