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“I love coach Jen. She really has a passion for the game and cares about the players,” Cash said. “She’s a players’ coach. She played the game, she coached the game, so she can always teach a few tricks of the trade, like that little move you want to try to get down when you’re 10 years in. I try to pick her brain and learn from her.”

Cash and Fowles can be described as role models for young female athletes who aspire to become pros. It’s something Gillom regrets not having herself.

“We didn’t really have people to look up to when I was coming up, so we looked up to the NBA players,” Gillom said.

Thanks to the WNBA, and the success of the women’s U.S. Olympic teams, Gillom believes that finally has changed.

“I loved Dr. J. [Julius Erving]. He was the image of what I wanted to be, as a player and a person growing up,” Gillom said. “These young girls today have it made. Not only do they get to watch [women pro players] on television, they get to be in their presence at games and different events. They can ask them in person what made them the players that they are. They’re getting the treat of their lives.”

The U.S. women’s team will begin training in D.C. on July 14 and will play an exhibition against Brazil at Verizon Center on July 16, followed by a U.S.-Brazil men’s game.

“To go over and play against the world’s best, representing your country, that’s the ultimate feeling,” Gillom said. “The Olympics are an amazing experience. I’m blessed to be a part of it.”