LONDON (Olympics) - If you didn't know it, you would find it very hard to believe that Turkey are making their first appearance in the Olympic Basketball Tournament for Women.
On Friday, Ceyhun Yildizoglu's side handed China their first loss in Group A of the Preliminary Round - and did so emphatically with an 82-55 hammering - to take over second place in the pool.
More importantly though, the Turks ensured they will advance to the tournament's Quarter-Finals.
For playmaker Isil Alben, however, there is still a lot more that Turkey can - and will - accomplish.
"To be honest, we were talking about medals, but that's a big dream for us," she said of her team's ambitions in London.
"We choose to dream and think big. We're going to play the Quarter-Finals and I believe we will do better.
"We can win, depending on the team we're going to play. When we believe, we can do anything. I believe we have a chance to get to the Semi-Finals."
Yildizoglu points out that what his team has accomplished these past two years - winning a silver medal at EuroBasket Women 2011, clinching one of the berths on offer for the Lodnon Games at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) and now assuring themselves a top-eight finish in their Olympic debut - has been a long time coming.
"We have been trying to reach these goals for a long time. Maybe it was a late attempt but we've been trying to be there for years," he said.
"We have some experienced players who have played together for many years. After playing the Final of EuroBasket last year, we're trying to keep going forward as we can."
While Yildizoglu does not share his predictions of how far his team can go quite as openly as Alben, the coach and player can agree on what they're hoping to accomplish with a deep run in the tournament.
"We want to show the junior players and junor team that getting this far must be their goal," said the 45-year-old.
"Our junior national team is playing the Quarter-Finals at the European Junior Championship (U18 European Championship for Women) and probably they will play the Semi-Finals. Hopefully they will be even better than us in the future."
Alben, for her part, believes good results by her team can only help continue the impressive growth basketball has enjoyed in Turkey lately.
"Basketball in Turkey is getting better every day. It started with our men's team when they won a silver medal in 2010. Since that day, everybody knows about basketball and we're happy to be a part of it," she explained.
"I hope we can be a good example for our youths women's teams."
Looking ahead to their last game of the Preliminary Round against Croatia and next Wednesday's Quarter-Finals, Alben is in only one mindset.
"Now there are 40 minutes before we go to the Quarter-Finals. We are ready to fight," she said.
"We are so proud of our country and I hope we will keep going."