Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • 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

  • Voepel: "Ace" meets "Ice" in Tuesday's title game

    They call each other "Ace" and "Ice" for the different ways their name is spelled. But Candace Parker and Candice Wiggins both loom large as the present and future of women's hoops as they collide in Tuesday's NCAA title game.

    Apr 8 12:08 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Loyal alumni cheer on Stanford in Tampa

    Among the thousands of Stanford fans in Tampa to cheer on the Cardinal's win over UConn on Sunday, several alumni were on hand to witness the new chapter of Stanford basketball.

    Apr 7 4:59 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: LSU's end to season all too familiar

    Just when it looked like LSU would finally reach the NCAA title game, fate -- and LSU's 12 missed free throws -- sent the Lady Tigers home with their fifth straight loss in the national semifinals. Still, the program has much to be proud of.

    Apr 7 4:08 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Hornbuckle's heroics save Lady Vols in last second

    She missed all seven of her previous field goal attempts. And then put LSU on the line for the go-ahead free throws. But Alexis Hornbuckle redeemed herself with a game-winning, last-second putback to send Tennessee past LSU and into the NCAA title game.

    Apr 7 8:18 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Anosike sees 'little room for error' vs. LSU

    Nicky Anosike will be mainly responsible for matching up against LSU's Sylvia Fowles, someone who's difficult to stop. But Anosike's goal is to avoid foul trouble while making Fowles scrap as much as possible inside.

    Apr 6 11:25 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Unheralded trio just as important to Lady Tigers' success

    Sylvia Fowles dominates the paint and Erica White runs the point. But LSU wouldn't have reached the Final Four without its other three senior starters: Quianna Chaney, RaShonta LeBlanc and Ashley Thomas.

    Apr 6 1:45 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: From fan to star, Moore enjoying her first Final Four

    Maya Moore fell in love with the idea of the Final Four a decade ago as an 8-year-old at Hoop City. Now the freshman is the one in the starring role, hoping to lead UConn to its first title since 2004.

    Apr 6 12:30 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Parker ready to shoulder on

    Candace Parker never really has off games or lets anything interfere with her focus. And even if her shoulder isn't quite at 100 percent Sunday in the Final Four, expect the Tennessee junior to still be on top of her game.

    Apr 5 6:14 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Point guards could be the key in all-SEC semifinal

    When SEC rivals Tennessee and LSU meet for the third time this season Sunday in the Final Four, there will be no surprises. But Fowles-Parker might not be as key a matchup as the point guard battle between Erica White and Shannon Bobbitt.

    Apr 3 2:23 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stanford's return to the Final Four a long time coming

    Stanford always has been the gold standard of West Coast women's college basketball. And now, after ending an 11-year Final Four drought, the Cardinal and coach Tara VanDerveer can finally put to rest the haunting memory of their last trip to the semifinals in 1997.

    Apr 3 3:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Tough Tennessee wills itself to Tampa

    From Candace Parker playing through a dislocated shoulder to the rest of the Lady Vols digging down on defense with her out of the game, sheer gritty toughness led Tennessee to its 18th Final Four.

    Apr 2 12:43 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Elite Eight loss toughest on the seniors

    Like all seniors who depart college ball without winning it all -- and what a list of great players that is -- Erlana Larkins was aching about having to cross this particular finish line Monday after North Carolina fell to LSU.

    Apr 1 4:28 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel