Liking the three-guard lineup, Storm coach Brian Agler said since the beginning of training camp that forward Swin Cash (pictured right by the Associated Press) would eventually work her way into the starting five. That’s going to be Friday against Minnesota.
Cash, who had outpatient back surgery in March, is playing like it’s 2004 — before a postseason-ending knee injury. She had her best game in the loss to Indiana on Tuesday, finishing with 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the field with four assists and four rebounds and three turnovers in 28 minutes.
“I felt good in warm-ups,” said Cash, who’s 6-foot-1. “I felt like my shot was going. I’ve been taking shots and being more aggressive. When they were taking some things away from me, I was able to find the open person. That’s what I want to continue to do and keep building on it.”
Cash will replace PG Shannon Johnson in the lineup, which means Agler’s production from the bench drops. Just three games into the season, reserves Katie Gearlds (6.3) and Janell Burse (4.0) are the most offensively productive reserves.
“We’d like to get some productivity off the bench,” Agler said. “Katie had some really good looks [in Indy] and it was one of those nights where it just didn’t go down. I like the way Janell is coming on, she’s starting to play more productive minutes.
“One thing from Tuesday night that we’ve got to do a better job of is that was the first game of three that we had where we had more turnovers (20) than assists (15). Being efficient at the offensive end is critical for us.”
The Storm will also get a lift from Australian Suzy Batkovic-Brown, who is expected see minutes on Friday. She joined the team on Sunday, cleared from attending training camp to marry and have a brief honeymoon. Batkovic-Brown, a 6-4 center, played one season in the WNBA in 2005.
The Lynx will be a tough opponent. They’ve won their past three games, but last defeated the Storm at the Target Center in 2007.
“We’ve done a great job of trying to communicate, especially on the defensive end,” said Lynx F Seimone Augustus, whose team averages a league-high 95.0 points and is holding opponents to 78.3. “It’s the most complicated part when you have to defend players like a Lauren Jackson. We just try to talk through screens and understand where we are on the floor. The communication has been awesome on this team.”