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: Time for Texas to prove its ranking

    Texas is 8-0 and ranked fifth in the coaches' poll. But the Longhorns get their first true test of the season Sunday when they host 10th-ranked Tennessee.

    Dec 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Lavender, Prahalis give Buckeyes potent one-two punch

    Ohio State has lacked a true point guard as much as postseason success the past few years. But all that has changed with the play of Samantha Prahalis and her one-two punch with Buckeyes star Jantel Lavender.

    Dec 10 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Purdue poised to return to elite

    The injury-depleted Boilers bounced up and down in 2007-08, losing 15 games. But now, with Jodi Howell and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton healthy, Purdue is 5-1 and ready to move on from last season.

    Dec 3 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Comets will be missed, but the WNBA will go on

    Saying goodbye to a franchise that helped make the WNBA successful is painful. But there are enough positives about the league to keep it going even through the toughest times.

    Dec 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • No beach, but Marquette's a holiday hot spot, too

    Nov 26 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Big Greene

    After missing most of last season with a knee injury, Kalana Greene is back at UConn this season, shooting better than ever and helping the Huskies to a 3-0 start.

    Nov 24 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tar Heels take it to OU inside

    Nov 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Missing school never felt so right

    Nov 18 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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