Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • Voepel: Shock, Taj get another shot at a title

    As expected, Detroit depended on Deanna Nolan and Katie Smith to clinch its third consecutive trip to the WNBA Finals. But Taj McWilliams-Franklin's post presence helped pave the way to the championship series, too.

    Sep 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Hammon's heroics lift Silver Stars to WNBA Finals

    Just when it seemed inevitable that Candace Parker and the Sparks were bound for the WNBA Finals, Becky Hammon happened. Seven straight points later from the San Antonio guard, the Silver Stars were headed to their first finals appearance.

    Sep 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Young's buzzer-beater breathes life into Silver Stars

    Nine years ago, Teresa Weatherspoon hit one of the most memorable shots in WNBA history. Sophia Young's buzzer-beater Saturday moved her into that pantheon, too, and -- most importantly -- kept San Antonio alive in the West finals.

    Sep 27 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Former LSU guards help L.A. get ahead in West finals

    The Sparks' success this season has depended on its super frontcourt. But a couple of former LSU guards came off the bench Thursday to help L.A. upend the West's top seed.

    Sep 26 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Depleted post game helps sink Detroit in Game 1

    There's no denying that injuries have depleted Detroit's frontcourt this season, and that was never more obvious than in Friday's Game 1 loss. But if the Shock are going to come back in the East finals, Detroit's posts must step up their games.

    Sep 26 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mystics' revolving door must stop

    Sep 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Best players, best rivalries on collision course

    No matter what happens in the conference finals, the WNBA Finals pretty much can't go wrong with these four teams left.

    Sep 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Unlikely stars help lift Liberty, Silver Stars to conference finals

    The playoffs are the time when players can unexpectedly become MVPs for a game when it really matters most. And Essence Carson and Edwige Lawson-Wade did that Monday to help New York and San Antonio move on in the postseason.

    Sep 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Once again, Swoopes, Catchings rise to the occasion

    Sunday, Sheryl Swoopes and Tamika Catchings reminded everyone why they're future Hall of Famers, leading Seattle and Indiana, respectively, to wins to extend their playoff series.

    Sep 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Does New York have next?

    The "next generation" has arrived in the WNBA playoffs. Can the Liberty's youngsters help New York seal the deal against the Sun on Monday? Or will history repeat itself?

    Sep 20 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fever disappear but Shock deliver in Game 1

    On Friday, Indiana and Detroit couldn't have been more different. The Shock and Deanna Nolan couldn't be stopped, and Katie Douglas and the Fever couldn't get going.

    Sep 20 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Monarchs lose despite Penicheiro's best efforts

    Ticha Penicheiro did all she could to try to lead Sacramento to victory Thursday, even doubling her scoring average. But it just wasn't enough to overcome Becky Hammon and the Silver Stars.

    Sep 19 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: And the winner is ...

    Before the WNBA playoffs get under way Thursday, Mechelle Voepel checks in with her regular-season awards picks and some playoff predictions.

    Sep 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: What if (insert team here) won the title?

    At least one expert expects Detroit and San Antonio to clash in the WNBA finals. But what exactly would a title mean to all eight of the playoff teams?

    Sep 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Bird in the head

    Sue Bird isn't the best athlete, quickest player or best shooter on the court. But Bird knows how to stay mentally focused and intense better than anybody -- which is why she has won at every level.

    Sep 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Coaches, LPGA stars unite 4Kay

    Once again, NC State legend Kay Yow's ability to bring people together was on display Monday as the inaugural 4Kay Golf Classic attracted more than 150 coaches and colleagues in the fight against cancer.

    Sep 10 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sun's Whitmore rises above

    After growing up in the most impoverished state in America, Tamika Whitmore knows about hard times. Finding a way out of them continues to be her biggest motivator.

    Sep 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: No rest for the weary -- or WNBA

    Now that the Beijing Games have wrapped up, most Olympians can take a well-deserved rest. Except for WNBA players, that is.

    Aug 27 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Double-T lights up Team USA

    Aug 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Hammon, Russia top Latvia in opener

    Becky Hammon might not know the words to the Russian anthem, but she's having no problem fitting in with her Russian teammates.

    Aug 9 8:05 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fowles the next inside force for Team USA

    The USA women's basketball team has relied on Lisa Leslie for years. But in Saturday's Olympic win over the Czech Republic, Sylvia Fowles proved the Americans have plenty of post depth.

    Aug 10 1:41 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: USA women begin quest for fourth straight gold

    Lisa Leslie and the U.S. women are feeling right at home in Beijing -- and are hoping to win the fourth consecutive U.S. gold medal in women's basketball.

    Aug 8 1:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Questions abound at WNBA break

    Identifying the best team in the Western Conference is never an easy task. But as the WNBA breaks for a month for the Olympics, the West race this season -- and labeling the favorites in both divisions -- is even more baffling than usual.

    Jul 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sparks' suspensions a little too light

    The suspension of Detroit's players were more than fair for their involvement in Tuesday's fracas. But the Sparks -- especially Candace Parker -- were let off too lightly.

    Jul 27 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: No Shock that Pierson part of WNBA dustup

    The fact that Detroit and Plenette Pierson were involved in Tuesday's WNBA scuffle came as anything but a shock. But the whole thing might not have happened if not for the personalities involved, from Bill Laimbeer's "Bad Girls" to, yes, even Candace Parker.

    Jul 23 | By Mechelle Voepel