Sancho Lyttle (born September 20, 1983) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Combining the WNBA and the European season, she has won six domestic leagues and four Euroleague titles with four teams in three countries. She was born in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and was granted Spanish nationality in June 2010. With the Spanish basketball team she has won four medals between 2010 and 2017.
|No. 31 – Phoenix Mercury|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Born||September 20, 1983|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|WNBA draft||2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Comets|
|2006–2009||CB Puig d'en Valls|
|2011–2012||Ros Casares Valencia|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Sancho Lyttle was born to Evelyn Little and Ian Cain. Members of her family spell their surname 'Lyttle' or 'Little'. Sancho has a younger brother, Xavier Little. Sancho attended St. Vincent Girls' High School where she played net ball and ran various Track and Field events. She never played basketball until prompted to do so after her move to the United States. She and three other girls from her country were requested by her Junior College and current assistant coach for the University of Houston Women's team Wade Scott who offered to teach them how to play the game of basketball.
Sancho Lyttle played collegiate basketball at Clarendon College before transferring to the University of Houston from 2003–2005 where she currently holds the record for single season rebound average (2004–2005), offensive rebounds (04-05) and most rebounds in a single season (04-05). She also holds the career record for highest rebounding average.
Club career in the WNBAEdit
She currently plays the power forward position for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. Throughout her career, she has scored 1,505 points, collected 1,041 rebounds, and has 200 assists, 242 steals, and 96 blocks through six seasons. She was the fifth overall draft pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft out of Houston.
In 2010, she had career highs in points and rebounds with 27 and 20, respectively.
Club career in EuropeEdit
Simultaneously to her WNBA career, she has played in Spain, Turkey and Russia, winning one Euroleague and at least one domestic league playing for every club. She currently plays for Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg
After her naturalization was granted in 2010, she made her debut with the senior Spanish team in 2010, days after turning 27. Up to 2017, she had 45 caps with 15.6 PPG and 9.5 RPP, participating in two World Championships and three European Championships. After helping the team qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio in mid-June, she missed the Games after breaking her toe in mid-July playing for the Atlanta Dream:
Awards and achievementsEdit
- 2009, 2010 WNBA All-Star
- Bronze medal in 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women
- Named to the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women All-Tournament Team
- Gold medal in EuroBasket Women 2013
- FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year (2013)
- 2014—FIBA World Championship All-Star Five
- Silver medal in 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women
- First WNBA player from St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Sophia Young was the first WNBA player from St. Vincent)
- Did not play basketball until she was 17 years old
- Is one of only six players to ever record a slam dunk in a collegiate basketball game while with the University of Houston.
- Was hospitalized for a number of days in 2010 after being knocked unconscious for a little over a minute by an incidental elbow during a game. Recovered and played 13 days later.
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- "Duro golpe para España: Sancho Lyttle se lesiona en la WNBA no estará en los Juegos". Gigantes del Basket (in Spanish). July 17, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
- "Moore named MVP of 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, headlines All-Star Five". FIBA.com. October 5, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014.
- Lyttle rebounds from big blow