Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined ESPN.com in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • Voepel: Paris twins have unfinished business at Oklahoma

    When they decided to attend Oklahoma, the Paris twins envisioned a Final Four and an NCAA title. They've come up short so far, but have high hopes for their final season in Norman.

    Nov 18 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Cavs, coach Ryan get the best of young Lady Vols

    Pat Summitt and Debbie Ryan have met many times over the years, with the results almost always in the Tennessee coach's favor. They met again Monday, with Summitt closing in on 1,000 career victories. She didn't get one then, but Ryan did.

    Nov 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • A nod to some Texas-sized upsets

    Nov 16 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Maryland falls while Duke fights off Cowgirls

    Nov 14 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Too bad Final Four won't come out West

    Nov 14 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Can Big Ten rebuild its image?

    The Big Ten's image has taken a big hit the past couple of seasons as its teams have struggled in the NCAA tournament. But with a handful of players back from injury, and a slew of new coaches, the league might be back on track.

    Nov 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Glory days begin at Tennessee

    Soon after turning 12 and moving to Knoxville, Tenn., Glory Johnson got hooked on Lady Vols basketball. Now, she's a 6-foot-3 freshman post wearing orange for coach Pat Summitt.

    Nov 11 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Chance meeting

    Where do you begin after graduating all five starters from a national championship team? Pat Summitt's living room and an old-fashioned, get-to-know-each-other team meeting.

    Nov 10 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Yes, UConn

    Seven years ago, UConn started the season with a lot of similarities to this 2007-08 squad. And while no one expects these Huskies to hunt down another perfect season like 2002's 39-0 run, UConn is the easy pick as the preseason favorite.

    Nov 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Something Moore

    Sure, Maya Moore has yet to lead UConn to a national title. But the sophomore wing, who plays all out all the time, does just about everything right for the Huskies.

    Nov 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Breaking down the Big 12 race

    Nov 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: The expedition is under way

    Who knew Sacagawea was such a hoops expert? As the 2008-09 season officially gets under way, the Shoshone guide breaks down what might happen en route to the Final Four in the Show-Me State.

    Oct 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Wrapping up a successful WNBA season

    Despite Detroit winning the WNBA Finals in an uncompelling runaway, the WNBA season as a whole was enjoyable -- and a success on many levels.

    Oct 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA champs bring title, so much more to Detroit

    Good guys -- or even "Bad Girls" -- don't always finish last. Just ask Taj McWilliams-Franklin and the Shock, who continued to celebrate their WNBA title on Monday in a city that almost lost its WNBA franchise six years ago.

    Oct 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Hammon, Silver Stars keep heads up after loss

    Becky Hammon, whose decision to play for Russia in the Olympics garnered a lot of media scrutiny and criticism, has had quite a year. But despite getting swept out of the WNBA Finals, she'll look back on 2008 as a time she cherishes.

    Oct 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Despite odds, injuries, Shock win third WNBA title

    The Shock's sweep of San Antonio might imply this year's title run was their easiest. But Detroit overcame injuries, suspensions, midseason trades and the regular-season's top team to capture the crown.

    Oct 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Last year's finals loss still stings, motivates Shock

    The Shock are one win away from their third WNBA championship. And the fact it would be their third -- and not fourth -- title is part of the reason Detroit is so motivated as it heads into Game 3 on Sunday.

    Oct 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Smith leads way again for Shock in WNBA Finals

    In a game in which the Silver Stars kept trying to climb back after falling behind big, Katie Smith was the one to keep slamming the door in their faces. And if Detroit wins the title, Smith might just be the WNBA Finals MVP.

    Oct 3 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Silver Stars have tough task ahead

    In Game 2 Friday, San Antonio must get more production out of a bigger lineup, get improved play from Ruth Riley at both ends and get Becky Hammon more looks at the basket. And, of course, San Antonio must pull out a win before the WNBA Finals shift to Detroit.

    Oct 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Ford, Pierson press on from bench

    Injuries sidelined Cheryl Ford and Plenette Pierson for Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. But if Detroit wins its third title, both Shock posts will have played a vital role, even from the bench.

    Oct 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Season and San Antonio already a win-win for Wauters

    Whatever happens to San Antonio in the WNBA Finals, this season already has been a big victory for Ann Wauters.

    Oct 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Game 1 notes

    From San Antonio's woeful 3-point shooting to UConn and Tennessee alums joining forces for Detroit, Mechelle Voepel checks in with some Game 1 notes.

    Oct 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Shock stymie San Antonio's last-minute magic

    San Antonio had two fantastic finishes to pull out wins on its home court in the West finals. The Silver Stars came up with another big rally Wednesday in San Antonio, but it wasn't enough to top talented Detroit in Game 1.

    Oct 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA Finals matchup rich with story lines

    Sure, both Detroit and San Antonio have had a little luck along the way. But their WNBA Finals matchup couldn't be sweeter. From popular veterans on the verge of winning their first title to the best overall perimeter tandem in the league, this best-of-five series is rich with drama.

    Sep 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 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