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: Big Easy anything but for top four seeds

    The Big Easy isn't going to be easy at all for whichever team makes it through. The toughest region in the bracket, New Orleans will be difficult for No. 1 North Carolina to emerge from.

    Mar 18 2:02 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Counting down the hours

    Now that Championship Week -- and all its surprises -- has wrapped, there's nothing left to do but wait, fake it at work Monday, adjust your mock brackets one more time, and wait some more to see what our friends in Indianapolis come up with.

    Mar 17 10:05 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Will the final No. 1 stand up?

    Mar 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lots to ponder for Champ Week

    Mar 6 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA stars gearing up for busy '08

    Mar 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Old powers surging again

    Virginia and Old Dominion share a similar history and Interstate 64. And in the postseason, they will be "under the radar" teams to keep an eye on.

    Mar 4 3:45 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UNC runs the table in ACC

    Mar 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stringer's love for game as notable as 800 wins

    It's hard to celebrate C. Vivian Stringer's career without remembering the tough times she has endured off the court. But instead of giving in to the tragedies and heartache, Stringer's heart kept healing and her love for the game -- and her success in it -- never wavered.

    Feb 28 10:43 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Something Moore

    LSU came close to toppling another top-ranked team Monday. But in the end, UConn had a little more -- as in Maya Moore, who, despite being a freshman, should be the front-runner for Big East player of the year.

    Feb 26 1:19 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Relying on Renee

    Maya Moore and Tina Charles are the unquestionable stars at Connecticut. But no one's more important to the Huskies' success than ever-steady guard Renee Montgomery.

    Feb 24 10:48 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Parker ready to move on

    Feb 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Out from the shadow

    With a superb junior season, Ashley Paris is playing alongside twin Courtney a lot more instead of just subbing in to give the All-American a breather.

    Feb 16 10:16 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Orange Crush? Try crushed

    Feb 14 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stringer's inspirations

    With so few African-American female coaches ahead of her in women's hoops, C. Vivian Stringer got most of her inspiration from her parents, who taught her that dreams are attainable as long as you work hard.

    Feb 14 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stringer's inspirations

    With so few African-American female coaches ahead of her in women's hoops, C. Vivian Stringer got most of her inspiration from her parents, who taught her that dreams are attainable as long as you work hard.

    Feb 14 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stranger than fiction

    Dreaming about your job is one thing. But dreaming about which coaches you might meet up with in purgatory? Yeah, Monday's controversial ending in Knoxville, Tenn., is still gnawing at Mechelle Voepel.

    Feb 14 5:50 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Mock trial

    After sitting in their seats (and making the same hard decisions to come up with a 64-team bracket), Mechelle Voepel's attitude toward and appreciation for the NCAA selection committee has changed dramatically.

    Feb 9 12:54 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: The Big Syl

    At 6-foot-6 and roughly 200 pounds, "Big Syl" just seems like the perfect nickname for LSU senior Sylvia Fowles. But don't be fooled by her dominating on-court presence.

    Feb 9 10:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Dream draft?

    It's too soon to tell if the Atlanta Dream achieved all they wanted in Wednesday's expansion draft and subsequent trades. But coach and general manager Marynell Meadors think they've covered all their bases.

    Feb 7 3:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Big 12 unbeatens battle Saturday

    Feb 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Just happy the deal is done

    Forget the fine print and legalspeak, the guarantees and incentives. For now, the biggest issue about the new collective bargaining agreement is simply that it's done.

    Jan 29 5:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Despite loss, Duke has plenty to be proud of

    Despite the loss, Duke outplayed Tennessee in several areas and dropped one of the season's best defensive performances on the defending champs. More importantly, the Blue Devils showed they're still one of the top programs in the country.

    Jan 29 12:20 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Freshmen lead Lady Vols past Duke

    Yes, Candace Parker hit the game-winning shot. But freshmen Angie Bjorklund and Vicki Baugh carried Tennessee when its upperclassmen faltered, especially in the first half.

    Jan 29 12:21 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Lady Vols ready for Duke, Crazies

    No. 2 Tennessee is the clear favorite at 10th-ranked Duke on Monday -- no matter what antics the Cameron Crazies pull.

    Feb 9 12:22 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Head over Heels

    After failing to close out a win against UConn earlier in the week, North Carolina's LaToya Pringle and Erlana Larkins made sure not to let it happen again. The senior posts' new mentality helped hand Maryland its first overtime loss in three years and give UNC the lead in the ACC.

    Jan 26 7:58 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel