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WNBA Signing: Sancho Lyttle inks contract with Phoenix

After nine years with the Atlanta Dream, Sancho Lyttle is leaving the south and is headed to Phoenix.

Atlanta Dream v Phoenix Mercury Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images

Yesterday, Phoenix announced a new player would be joining the team but it would not be announced until today.

True to its word, the Mercury announced the signing of Sancho Lyttle who has been with the Atlanta Dream for the past nine years.

“Sancho was our top free-agent target outside our own roster and we are truly excited that she chose Phoenix,” said Mercury General Manager Jim Pitman. “The last two WNBA MVPs have been elite frontcourt players from Western Conference teams and their clubs have won championships. It takes elite defensive frontcourt players to compete with that, and to pair Sancho with Brittney Griner is ideal for us. Sancho has won everywhere she has played, our goal is to win a championship, and we are onfident this move gets us closer.”

Last season for the Dream, Lyttle averaged 6.4 points per game, 6.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Lyttle also will bring a strong defensive force for Phoenix as she has been named to the WNBA’s All-Defensive First team in 2012 and 2014, and four times to the league’s All-Defensive Second team (2009, 2010, 2011, 2015).