LILLE (EuroBasket Women/FIBA World Championship for Women) - When it comes to national teams that are as deep and talented as Spain, it can be difficult to name the talisman.
Yet if there is one player that the Spanish women cannot do without in France, judging from their performances in Vannes and Lille, it has to be Sancho Lyttle.
She has dominated at the EuroBasket Women.
A 29-year-old center from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Lyttle ranks number one in several statistical categories at the EuroBasket, which is a qualifying tournament for next year's FIBA World Championship for Women.
The competition's leader in rebounds and steals at 11.0 and 2.2 per game, respectively, Lyttle has also been Spain's battering ram on offense, averaging 16.8 points.
Her form is bringing back memories of the FIBA World Championship in 2010, when Lyttle made her national team debut and averaged 18.4 points and 11.5 rebounds, helping Spain capture the bronze medal.
It was the first time Spain's women reached the podium at a World Championship.
Expectations soared with Lyttle again in the line-up the following year at the EuroBasket Women in Poland.
They came up short of the Quarter-Finals, though, and missed out on making a third successive Olympic appearance.
In France, Spain look to be back to their best.
They are one of just two unbeaten teams heading into the Quarter-Finals.
"Two years ago, we had some injuries," Lyttle said to FIBA.com. "The team was made up of players that were going out and young players that were coming in and we didn't mesh well.
"Even last year (when Spain finished second to Sweden in the Qualification Round), it was also different. Alba (Torrens) was injured, so we didn't have that speed. This year, everybody has at least played together for a team in Spain before so we know each other better."
On Monday night, Spain won a battle of unbeatens against Turkey.
They took a 15-point lead to half-time, only to have their credentials checked by Turkey in the third quarter when they stormed back to trail 43-38.
Lyttle scored four points and also handed the ball off to Laura Nicholls for another basket in a 10-0 run at the beginning of the fourth quarter that allowed Spain to reclaim a firm grip on the contest.
Their confidence has grown.
"I think it grew after they came back," she said. "We opened the gap back and that’s when we finally said, ‘you know what, we can’t give them this game. We need to win it.
"I think after that, we know that we can play better."
Spain removed any doubts about their potential to claim a medal on Monday night, although coach Lucas Mondelo was keen to stress that his team has won nothing yet.
To beat Turkey, the silver-medal winners of 2011 and quarter-finalists at last year’s Olympics, was a true statement.
"They’re smart and we're smart, too," Lyttle said of Turkey.
"If you put smart against smart, it's equal. We just had to play."
If Turkey beat Belarus in the Quarter-Finals and end up taking on France in the Semi-Finals and beat Les Bleues for the second consecutive time in that round of the competition, Spain could end up facing them again in the title game.
Spain would have to knock off the Czech Republic in the Quarter-Finals and then overcome Serbia or Italy in the last four to make it that far, although most people right now expect them to do just that.
"They (Turkey) are going to bounce back," Lyttle said. "One team had to win and it was us. The tournament isn’t over until the last day, so anything can happen."
A win over the Czechs on Wednesday in the second Quarter-Final of the day (the first is Italy v Serbia) would punch Spain's ticket to the 2014 FIBA World Championships for Women.
The top five sides at the EuroBasket Women clinch places in next year's event.
As Turkey have a place guaranteed next year as hosts, should they finish in the top five in France, then the teams that finish in positions one through six will seal spots in the big event.