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: Rutgers knows nothing's guaranteed for 2008

    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

  • Voepel: Tennessee scores seventh the hard way

    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

  • Voepel: Friends turn foes in women's final

    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

  • Voepel: Rutgers, Tennessee to clash for title

    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

  • Voepel: UNC blows lead, loses in semis for second year in a row

    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

  • Voepel: Parker, Lady Vols execute down stretch to reach final

    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

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: '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: 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 --'s Player of the Year -- dominated the hardwoods in 2006-07.

    Mar 28 6:32 PM 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: 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