Sancho Lyttle

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Sancho Lyttle
Personal information
Born (1983-09-20) September 20, 1983 (age 39)
The Grenadines
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
WNBA draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Houston Comets
Playing career2005–2019
Position Power forward / Center
Career history
20052008 Houston Comets
2006–2009 CB Puig d'en Valls
20092017 Atlanta Dream
2009–2011 CB Avenida
2011–2012 Ros Casares Valencia
2012–2015 Galatasaray
2015–2019 UMMC Ekaterinburg
20182019 Phoenix Mercury
Career highlights and awards
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Sancho Lyttle (born September 20, 1983) is a Vincentian-Spanish former professional basketball player for the 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. [1]


Early life

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 netball 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.

College career

Sancho Lyttle played collegiate basketball at Clarendon College before transferring to the University of Houston from 2003 to 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.

WNBA career

When the Houston Comets folded in 2008, Lyttle was selected first in the dispersal draft by the Atlanta Dream.

She currently plays the power forward position for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. Over her career, Lyttle 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, Lyttle had career highs in points and rebounds with 27 and 20, respectively. She 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. Lyttle recovered and played 13 days later. [2]

On February 1, 2018, Lyttle signed with the Phoenix Mercury after spending the previous nine seasons with the Atlanta Dream. [3] However, her season ended early when she tore her ACL on June 30, 2018. [4] In September 2019, Little announced her retirement after 15 WNBA seasons. [5]

WNBA stats

2005 Houston Comets 3313.
2006 Houston Comets 2913.
2007 Houston Comets 3116.
2008 Houston Comets 2718.
2009 Atlanta Dream 3427.413.07.51.5
2010 Atlanta Dream 3229.112.89.922.2
2011 Atlanta Dream 2226.
2012 Atlanta Dream 3431.614.07.62.5
2013 Atlanta Dream 630.
2014 Atlanta Dream 3431.312.29.02.4
2015 Atlanta Dream 2430.
2016 Atlanta Dream 1930.
2017 [6] Atlanta Dream 2928.
2018 Phoenix Mercury 1823.
TOTAL [7] 37224.
Lyttle in 2014 Sancho Lyttle.JPG
Lyttle in 2014

Euroleague career

Simultaneously to her WNBA career, she has played in Spain, [8] [9] Turkey and Russia, winning one Euroleague and at least one domestic league playing for every club. She currently plays for Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg

Euroleague stats

Euroleague champion
2009-10 Flag of Spain.svg Halcón Avenida 1530.517.610.81.6
2010-11 Flag of Spain.svg Halcón Avenida 1631.
2011-12 Flag of Spain.svg Ros Casares 1726.812.87.42.4
2012-13 Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray S.K. 1725.611.67.21.3
2013-14 Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray S.K. 1428.413.68.31.8
2014-15 Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray S.K. 1330.511.19.11.9
2015-16 Flag of Russia.svg UMMC Ekaterinburg 1723.
2016-17 Flag of Russia.svg UMMC Ekaterinburg 13 [10]

National team

Lyttle played her first and only tournament with native Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2004, at the Caribbean championship. [11]

After her naturalization was granted in 2010, [12] 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: [13] [14]

Awards and achievements

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