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: Parker, post battle to determine Sunday's semifinal

    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

  • Voepel: Semifinals are anybody's ball game

    Tennessee appears to be the favorite. But this expert says this is the kind of Final Four where anybody could win and it wouldn't be a total surprise.

    Apr 1 1:48 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: A very busy Saturday in Cleveland

    The day before the semifinals is always the busiest day of the Final Four. Saturday didn't disappoint.

    Apr 1 1:47 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: LSU's Fowles will return for senior season

    LSU junior center Sylvia Fowles said Saturday there is no chance she'll skip her last season in order to enter Wednesday's WNBA draft.

    Mar 31 7:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fowles, Parker eligible for WNBA draft

    Tennessee's redshirt sophomore Candace Parker has said she will not be entering Wednesday's WNBA draft, although technically she would be eligible. However, LSU junior Sylvia Fowles is also eligible -- thanks to the fact that she will turn 22 in this calendar year.

    Mar 30 7:24 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Final Four teams getting defensive

    Forget "rock" or "roll" … "defense" is the buzz word in Cleveland. All four teams play it well and will be counting on defense to help them advance in the Final Four.

    Mar 30 11:29 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Goestenkors mulling over monumental decision

    Choosing to stay at Duke or take the head coaching job at Texas is a monumental and agonizing choice for Gail Goestenkors. It's a decision she has more than earned the right to make -- and have respected by everyone.

    Apr 1 2:09 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: 'Fantastic ride' ends for Purdue's Gearlds, Lawless

    The Purdue careers of Katie Gearlds and Erin Lawless ended with a loss to UNC, but the seniors left everything they had on the floor.

    Mar 29 9:54 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Latta, Larkins lead UNC to Final Four

    Unlike the other three regional finals, Dallas' Elite Eight matchup was a competitive game -- until UNC's Erlana Larkins and Ivory Latta pushed it out of Purdue's reach.

    Mar 28 3:43 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Harding still my player of the year

    For some, the lasting impression of Duke senior Lindsey Harding will be her costly two missed free throws. But don't forget how Harding -- ESPN.com's Player of the Year -- dominated the hardwoods in 2006-07.

    Mar 28 6:32 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stringer molds young Rutgers into Final Four team

    Four months ago, with no seniors, an injury to the top returner and five freshmen on board, the Scarlet Knights might have been thinking next year would be their season to shine. But thanks to that trademark defense and some magical maturation, Rutgers is headed to Cleveland.

    Mar 27 1:21 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Ajavon living out dream on and off the court

    Matee Ajavon's journey to the Final Four didn't just begin this season. It really started when she got on an airplane bound for the United States in 1992.

    Mar 29 6:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Where the Elite meet

    Three No. 1 seeds reached the Elite Eight, which tips off Monday when Rutgers faces Arizona State.

    Mar 26 1:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Duke makes yet another painful tourney exit

    It's a new year but another exquisitely painful NCAA Tournament exit for No. 1 overall seed Duke.

    Mar 25 11:07 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Four months later, Rutgers, ASU to meet after all

    The matchup that tragedy prevented will happen after all as fourth-seeded Rutgers and No. 3 seed ASU will clash in Monday's Elite Eight.

    Mar 25 12:41 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Falcons fit right in with Sweet 16 regulars

    Curt Miller called his Bowling Green team the "party crashers" of Greensboro. But don't let the No. 7 seed fool you. No one's really too surprised to see the Falcons in the regional semifinals.

    Mar 24 6:17 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Bales' tall tale

    Yes, Alison Bales is 6 feet, 7 inches tall. But who she is and how she became comfortable with her size are much more intriguing than how tall the Duke senior stands.

    Mar 23 9:44 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Portland saga comes to welcome end

    Rene Portland's resignation Thursday brought relief -- and the hope that the rotting toothache that Penn State women's hoops had become can now start healing.

    Mar 22 6:07 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Expect the unexpected in Sweet 16

    After a mass carnage of the 2-seeds, there's some new blood in the Sweet 16. And after the first two rounds, we've learned not to discount the unexpected.

    Mar 22 4:37 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Duke does just enough to move on to Sweet 16

    Compared to the kind of melodic hoops Duke often plays, Tuesday's win was pretty ugly, save for Carrem Gay coming up big on a night when the Blue Devils' stars were subpar.

    Mar 22 1:42 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Yow's miracle workers

    NC State's ability to keep the season going for coach Kay Yow, despite missing two free throws down the stretch? Call it a miracle … just like these last two months have been for Yow and her Wolfpack.

    Mar 21 3:04 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stanford falls flat once again at Maples

    No. 2 seed Stanford's upset loss to 10th-seeded Florida State on Monday was the second time in five years that the Cardinal have lost in the second round on their own Maples Pavilion court. And both have been painful.

    Mar 20 11:31 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: If ever there could be a game with no losers ...

    With NC State playing its guts out for coach Kay Yow and Baylor dealing with its own tear-jerker stories, including senior Bernice Mosby's family home burning down a day ago, Tuesday's second-round contest is one of those games you wish nobody had to lose.

    Mar 20 4:41 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Harding, Staley share much in common

    Second-round foes Duke and Temple don't have much in common -- unless you start comparing Blue Devils senior Lindsey Harding, one of the top point guards of today, and Owls coach Dawn Staley, premier point guard of the past.

    Mar 21 10:22 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Duke, Waner off to dominating start in tourney

    Sunday was definitely a fired-up and feel-good night for all the No. 1 seeds, but especially for Duke, as Abby Waner dropped in 26 points and started swatting shots like she was Alison Bales.

    Mar 19 10:52 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel