- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 26, 2009

UNCASVILLE, Conn. | This was quite a weekend for Swin Cash.

Cash enjoyed a reunion with her former college teammates, scored a WNBA All-Star Game record 22 points and captured the MVP award after she helped the Western Conference to a 130-118 victory Saturday.

“This afternoon was just great,” said Cash, one of five former UConn players in the game. “I was humbled to win the MVP.”

Nicole Powell had 21 points, Diana Taurasi added 18 and Sue Bird had 16 for the West in the WNBA’s highest scoring All-Star Game. Bird also had 10 of the West’s 34 assists, both record marks.

Cash - who played for the Huskies with Taurasi, Bird and the East’s Asjha Jones - added six rebounds and four assists. Her 10 baskets set an All-Star game mark.

“I look at it as a step in the right direction,” said Cash, who had back surgery in March that forced her to miss most of training camp. “I don’t feel that I’m at the point where I’m playing my best basketball.”

Sylvia Fowles scored 17 points, Jia Perkins had 16 and the Washington Mystics’ Alana Beard added 14 for the East. Shameka Christon, Erika DeSouza and Candice Dupree added 12 each.

Both teams had their highest-scoring outputs, combining to break the record set in the West’s 122-99 victory in 2005. The East’s previous high was 103 points in 2007.

The West, which won the first six midseason contests before losing the previous two, shot 52 percent, including 46 percent on 3-pointers. The 18 3-pointers also set a record, along with Powell’s five and the combined 29 for both teams.

“I’m glad the West was able to finally get another victory,” Bird said. “This All-Star Game was definitely about scoring - throwing that thing up.”

Fowles had a crowd-pleasing dunk with 15 seconds left. The teams cleared the way for her with about 30 seconds to go, but she missed her first attempt.

“Sue [Bird] looked at me with these big eyes like, ‘Are you ready to do it? Are you ready to do it?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah!’ ” the 6-foot-6 Chicago standout said. “I was excited about it that I had a chance to do it in front of the fans and let them see that I can actually dunk.”

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