Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • Voepel: Hammon, Russia top Latvia in opener

    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

  • Voepel: Fowles the next inside force for Team USA

    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

  • Voepel: USA women begin quest for fourth straight gold

    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

  • Voepel: Questions abound at WNBA break

    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

  • Voepel: Sparks' suspensions a little too light

    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

  • Voepel: No Shock that Pierson part of WNBA dustup

    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

  • Voepel: The great outdoors

    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

  • Voepel: Midseason musings

    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?

    Jul 11 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Shock, Sun still cream of East crop

    Jun 27 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Silver Stars soaring

    Jun 20 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sun have plenty of UConn flavor

    Jun 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Hammon has right to play for Russia, but will it change Games?

    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.

    Jun 6 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Douglas right at home with Fever

    May 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • A walk to remember

    May 20 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: East favorite Shock hungry to win title No. 3

    The Shock on paper have to be considered the East favorite and a strong contender for the WNBA title again this season, with the likes of Katie Smith, Cheryl Ford, Deanna Nolan and Plenette Pierson back.

    May 15 8:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Leslie, Parker combo dominate L.A. story

    The first time Lisa Leslie paired up with a former Tennessee superstar, it worked out OK in L.A. Now, can Leslie's one-two punch with Candace Parker put the Sparks back atop the WNBA?

    May 17 2:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sparks, Shock are early favorites for WNBA's 12th season

    The WNBA's 12th season tips off Saturday. But with plenty of roster movement and plenty of superstars arriving late to training camp as they wrap up their overseas commitments, it's hard to judge who the front-runners are just yet.

    May 13 7:47 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Wrapping up 2007-08

    Tennessee won its eighth national title earlier this month. But will UConn come out on top in 2009?

    Apr 29 9:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Coaching carousel hitting full speed

    A retirement at UC Santa Barbara. A relocation for Kathy Olivier. Kim Mulkey and Leon Barmore reunited. The coaching carousel is in full spin.

    Apr 29 9:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Parker, Fowles look to raise WNBA bar

    After being drafted No. 1 and No. 2, Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles prepare to leave their marks on the WNBA.

    Apr 10 8:11 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Another title game, another outstanding night for Anosike

    For the second year in a row, Nicky Anosike put in her best performance of the season in the NCAA title game.

    Apr 9 8:14 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: A fitting end to Parker's college career

    Candace Parker went to Tennessee to help fill up the trophy case some more. And winning an NCAA title and Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors for the second year in a row was the perfect farewell for her college career.

    Apr 9 9:29 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Never satisfied, Summitt's drive yields eighth title

    From an early age, Pat Summitt learned to never be satisfied. And she learned she would have to figure out things she was unfamiliar with, as well. Both came in handy this season as Tennessee tracked down its eighth title.

    Apr 9 4:23 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Parker a safe bet for the No. 1 overall pick

    The Sparks have the No. 1 overall pick in Wednesday's WNBA draft. L.A. coach Michael Cooper hasn't said Candace Parker is a lock. But the Tennessee star sure is a good bet to go first.

    Apr 8 4:09 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Juco transfer Auguste still coming up big for Tennessee

    For the second straight Final Four, Alberta Auguste is coming up with big performances. She'll need another one Tuesday, especially as she helps shoulder the defensive assignment on Stanford's Candice Wiggins.

    Apr 8 12:19 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel