No WNBA franchise had the same "identity" longer than L.A. The Sparks have always been Lisa Leslie's team. But with the star still on maternity leave, who, exactly, are the Sparks now?
Jul 3 5:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
As Title IX turns 35 on Saturday, Mechelle Voepel looks at how far girls' and women's athletics have come -- and how much we still need to fight for continued change.
Jun 22 12:17 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
A month into the WNBA season, teams are just now taking their true form as a unit. That's because so many of the league's players were late arrivals to their preseason camps because of overseas commitments.
Jun 21 5:35 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
So what do we make of the strange case of Chamique Holdsclaw's professional career? In women's hoops, there has never been more of a "sure thing" who turned into such an enigma.
Jun 12 11:57 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
By not commenting on why Tennessee called off its annual meeting with UConn, the Lady Vols just might be saying a lot -- perhaps even that Pat Summitt has had enough of UConn coach Geno Auriemma.
Jun 12 12:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Mechelle Voepel's career has often crossed the paths of all six inductees of this year's Women's Hall of Fame class.
Jun 8 1:36 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
If everything falls in line the way DeMya Walker and the Monarchs want it to, Sacramento will be another playoff power in a few months.
May 30 10:45 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Detroit will do all it can to repeat. But the Indiana Fever have more weapons surrounding Tamika Catchings than ever and hope to celebrate their first title this summer.
May 18 10:12 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Very high on the list of "what would do the WNBA good in 2007" is this: Phoenix and Diana Taurasi getting back in the playoffs.
May 16 11:15 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Coaches can talk all they want about "dream jobs" and insist "it's not about the money." But as the past few months have illustrated, Division I coaching in women's basketball really is a business.
Apr 28 5:04 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
After carrying around a lot of excess baggage for a long time, the Penn State program gets a fresh start -- and hopefully will begin to heal -- as new coach Coquese Washington takes over.
Apr 25 1:35 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
At Duke, Joanne P. McCallie takes over a program that has done so much in recent years that anything less than an NCAA title will not be considered good enough.
Apr 22 6:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
A source with knowledge of the hiring process at Duke told ESPN.com on Tuesday night that Michigan State's Joanne P. McCallie will succeed Gail Goestenkors as the Blue Devils' head coach.
Apr 18 1:47 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Van Chancellor takes over at LSU Joanne Boyle says no thanks to her alma mater, Duke Mickie DeMoss leaves Kentucky all in another eventful day of "As the Coaching World Turns."
Apr 12 12:22 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Ah, there's nothing more fun than picking the Top 25 for next season when next season is seven months away.
Apr 12 11:16 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Nobody should say the things Don Imus said about the Rutgers women, a group of fine young people whom the entire state of New Jersey and the world of college athletics can cite as what's right in our society today.
Apr 13 12:11 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Leaving Duke behind wasn't easy. But new Texas coach Gail Goestenkors says it was "time for me to step outside that nest, and have a new experience."
Apr 6 1:28 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Wednesday's trades were as big as the picks. And though there's a lot of unknowns, everyone came out optimistic -- just like most draft days.
Apr 4 9:24 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The fact Rutgers didn't win Tuesday should not be the lingering memory of the 2006-07 Scarlet Knights. Rather, it's the fact that they were playing Tuesday.
Apr 4 9:28 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Back in 1998, we might have wondered when somebody besides Tennessee would win the NCAA title. Who knew a nine-year drought was coming? But the Lady Vols were back on top Tuesday.
Apr 4 8:47 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Tuesday's title game marks a silver-anniversary reunion for coaches Pat Summitt and C. Vivian Stringer. And there's no women's coaching matchup with more history.
Apr 4 5:17 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Tennessee is the predictable favorite. But Rutgers isn't buying into the underdog role. Both teams' amazing seasons will come to an end Tuesday -- but only one will be a winner.
Apr 3 12:56 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
UNC looked bound for the NCAA title game. And then everything went wrong. So wrong that even Duke fans probably felt bad for the Tar Heels.
Apr 2 11:27 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
With eight minutes left in Sunday's semifinal, it looked like Tennessee would be headed home. But Candace Parker and the Lady Vols executed at the end of the game better than UNC to earn a trip to Tuesday's title game.
Apr 2 4:09 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Talk about your matchup nightmares. Come Sunday, can North Carolina keep Candace Parker in check? And can the Lady Vols keep up with the Tar Heels' athletic posts?
Apr 1 1:48 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel