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: Wilson's decision a big win Dawn Staley, Gamecocks

    A'ja Wilson's decision to go to South Carolina is great for the Gamecocks. But for the general women's basketball fan, perhaps the best part of her announcement Wednesday was more about where Wilson isn't going.

    Apr 16 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel's draft grades: East teams lead way

    Many Eastern Conference teams got a makeover Monday as both veterans and draftees found new homes in the WNBA draft or via trades.

    Apr 14 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Draft day marks new start for top prospects

    Over the past decade, the No. 1 picks in the WNBA draft have all paid off. On Monday, either Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike or Baylor's Odyssey Sims will get a chance to continue that legacy.

    Apr 13 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Ogwumike obvious No. 1 pick, right?

    Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike and Baylor's Odyssey Sims have emerged as the most likely candidates for the No. 1 overall pick in Monday's WNBA draft.

    Apr 11 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Mosqueda-Lewis turns around season in tourney

    What was a star-crossed season for UConn junior forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis turned into a starring role in the NCAA tournament.

    Apr 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn title embodies the Geno way

    No matter the opponent, no matter the stage, no matter the names of his players, Geno Auriemma keeps yielding the same result: NCAA titles. And UConn's road to a record ninth championship was no different.

    Apr 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn, Irish sport half of All-America team

    WBCA names 10-member All-America team.

    Apr 5 4:43 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Tyler Summitt ready to prove himself

    Tyler Summitt and Jimmy Dykes may be headline-making hires, but they deserve a shot to validate themselves -- and to create their own headlines for the masses to judge only after they take over.

    Apr 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Achonwa injury a devastating blow to Notre Dame

    Natalie Achonwa, diagnosed with a season-ending torn ACL on Tuesday, is a player and leader Notre Dame will struggle to replace as it prepares for its fourth straight Final Four and possible matchup with UConn.

    Apr 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Perfect teams UConn, Notre Dame punch tickets

    After weeks of anticipation, UConn and Notre Dame each won Monday to advance to the Final Four, putting two perfect teams in Nashville.

    Mar 31 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: 10 storylines to follow in the first round

    The madness we've all been waiting for tips Saturday morning. We look at what underdogs might come out on top, which teams might make the most noise, and the tourney's reigning top dog, UConn sophomore Breanna Stewart.

    Mar 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Tennessee comes together at just the right time

    Tennessee has won seven consecutive games and 13 of its past 14. Yes, the Lady Vols seem to have really clicked at just the right time.

    Mar 20 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Perfect approach for UConn, Notre Dame

    It's a long way to a potential NCAA championship-game matchup between undefeated titans Connecticut and Notre Dame, but one thing's for sure: They won't overlook any opponents along the way.

    Mar 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: South Carolina scores first No. 1 seed

    South Carolina received its first No. 1 seed and has no complaints about traveling three time zones away to Seattle for its NCAA tournament opener.

    Mar 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn, Notre Dame await women's brackets Video

    Undefeated UConn and Notre Dame are locks for No. 1 seeds. Will Stanford and Tennessee also be on the top line? Will the Huskies be placed in Lincoln? Will the Fighting Irish face a road game in the second round?

    Mar 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: What obstacles stand in way of UConn-Notre Dame title clash

    The women's tournament could give fans the first title matchup between two undefeated teams, but plenty can happen between now and Nashville. Mechelle Voepel looks at potential obstacles for Connecticut and Notre Dame.

    Mar 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn will take perfect mark into NCAA tourney

    It's official. UConn's win Monday means two undefeated teams -- Notre Dame and the Huskies -- will head to the NCAA tournament. Now, let's talk about which regional UConn should end up in when the bracket is unveiled.

    Mar 10 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Loyd leads unbeaten Irish to ACC crown

    Jewell Loyd's 26 points, including one of her patented alley-oops, ignited Notre Dame past Duke as the Irish improved to 32-0 and won the ACC tournament championship.

    Mar 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Duke, Notre Dame to play for ACC title

    Who says Duke is down and out? The Blue Devils beat longtime rival North Carolina in a thriller Saturday to advance to the ACC tournament final, where they'll meet unbeaten Notre Dame, the new standard in the ACC this season.

    Mar 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Total Access: Checking in with the 'Triangle' trio

    Four months ago, Duke, North Carolina and NC State set out on their seasons with high expectations. How did it turn out for the Blue Devils, Tar Heels and Wolfpack?

    Mar 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: The wait is over for Paula Creamer

    In the 2011, '12 and '13 LPGA seasons, Paula Creamer had a combined 23 top-10 finishes, placing as high as runner-up each year. But she hadn't won since 2010, although that victory was a huge one: The U.S. Women's Open.

    Mar 3 1:12 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: West Virginia right at home in Big 12

    In its second season in the Big 12, West Virginia has won its way into second place in the league.

    Feb 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Nebraska puts together night to remember

    The Cornhuskers hit 16 3-pointers to put on a clinic -- and likely lock up their spot in the NCAA tournament field -- to knock off No. 8 Penn State.

    Feb 24 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Notre Dame's Loyd named espnW player of the week

    After a combined 77 points, 23 rebounds and six assists in three Notre Dame victories, sophomore Jewell Loyd nabbed our weekly honor.

    Feb 24 2:14 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Staley turns South Carolina into national contender

    Dawn Staley didn't win an NCAA title as a player. But with a handful of talented players at South Carolina, she is constructing a program to give her that chance as a coach.

    Feb 20 | By Mechelle Voepel