The playoffs are the time when players can unexpectedly become MVPs for a game when it really matters most. And Essence Carson and Edwige Lawson-Wade did that Monday to help New York and San Antonio move on in the postseason.
Sep 22 | By Mechelle Voepel
Sunday, Sheryl Swoopes and Tamika Catchings reminded everyone why they're future Hall of Famers, leading Seattle and Indiana, respectively, to wins to extend their playoff series.
Sep 21 | By Mechelle Voepel
The "next generation" has arrived in the WNBA playoffs. Can the Liberty's youngsters help New York seal the deal against the Sun on Monday? Or will history repeat itself?
Sep 20 | By Mechelle Voepel
On Friday, Indiana and Detroit couldn't have been more different. The Shock and Deanna Nolan couldn't be stopped, and Katie Douglas and the Fever couldn't get going.
Sep 20 | By Mechelle Voepel
Ticha Penicheiro did all she could to try to lead Sacramento to victory Thursday, even doubling her scoring average. But it just wasn't enough to overcome Becky Hammon and the Silver Stars.
Sep 19 | By Mechelle Voepel
Before the WNBA playoffs get under way Thursday, Mechelle Voepel checks in with her regular-season awards picks and some playoff predictions.
Sep 17 | By Mechelle Voepel
At least one expert expects Detroit and San Antonio to clash in the WNBA finals. But what exactly would a title mean to all eight of the playoff teams?
Sep 15 | By Mechelle Voepel
Sue Bird isn't the best athlete, quickest player or best shooter on the court. But Bird knows how to stay mentally focused and intense better than anybody -- which is why she has won at every level.
Sep 12 | By Mechelle Voepel
Once again, NC State legend Kay Yow's ability to bring people together was on display Monday as the inaugural 4Kay Golf Classic attracted more than 150 coaches and colleagues in the fight against cancer.
Sep 10 | By Mechelle Voepel
After growing up in the most impoverished state in America, Tamika Whitmore knows about hard times. Finding a way out of them continues to be her biggest motivator.
Sep 4 | By Mechelle Voepel
Now that the Beijing Games have wrapped up, most Olympians can take a well-deserved rest. Except for WNBA players, that is.
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Becky Hammon might not know the words to the Russian anthem, but she's having no problem fitting in with her Russian teammates.
Aug 9 8:05 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The USA women's basketball team has relied on Lisa Leslie for years. But in Saturday's Olympic win over the Czech Republic, Sylvia Fowles proved the Americans have plenty of post depth.
Aug 10 1:41 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Lisa Leslie and the U.S. women are feeling right at home in Beijing -- and are hoping to win the fourth consecutive U.S. gold medal in women's basketball.
Aug 8 1:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Identifying the best team in the Western Conference is never an easy task. But as the WNBA breaks for a month for the Olympics, the West race this season -- and labeling the favorites in both divisions -- is even more baffling than usual.
Jul 28 | By Mechelle Voepel
The suspension of Detroit's players were more than fair for their involvement in Tuesday's fracas. But the Sparks -- especially Candace Parker -- were let off too lightly.
Jul 27 | By Mechelle Voepel
The fact that Detroit and Plenette Pierson were involved in Tuesday's WNBA scuffle came as anything but a shock. But the whole thing might not have happened if not for the personalities involved, from Bill Laimbeer's "Bad Girls" to, yes, even Candace Parker.
Jul 23 | By Mechelle Voepel
The concept of an outdoor basketball game isn't anything new. But it's the location that makes Saturday's Liberty Outdoor Classic at Arthur Ashe Stadium really special.
Jul 17 | By Mechelle Voepel
The midway point of the regular season has come and gone. So which players, rookies and coaches have been most impressive? What are the surprising story lines? Who are the front-runners for the annual awards?
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Becky Hammon has a right to experience the Olympics in whatever way she can. But the fact her decision brings the idea of "free agency" to the Olympics just doesn't seem right.
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