Michelle Smith Archive

Michelle Smith

Contributor, espnW.com
  • American women's basketball players caught in Israeli conflict

    Alexis Gray-Lawson and several American women's basketball players spending the WNBA offseason playing in Israel are caught in the middle of an international conflict.

    Nov 18 1:11 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Baylor Lady Bears, Stanford Cardinal to clash in Hawaii

    It's one of the best nonconference games of the season, but the Final Four rematch between Baylor and Stanford -- in Hawaii on Friday -- won't be televised nationally.

    Nov 16 6:41 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Finally healthy, Louisville full of potential

    Finally healthy again after injuries sidelined two stars last year, coach Jeff Walz knows the Cardinals are capable of big things this season.

    Nov 14 1:42 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Kentucky ready to take program to next level

    Reaching the Elite Eight in two of the past three seasons, Kentucky has established itself among the other echelon of women's basketball. This season, the Wildcats aim to go even further.

    Nov 13 3:01 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Pac-12 preview

    Stanford has reigned in the Pac-12 for a dozen years. Will this be the season it is knocked from the throne? Read on for our predictions for the league.

    Nov 9 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Season of big change for Stanford

    Seeking a sixth straight Final Four, Stanford will adopt an up-tempo attack led by Chiney Ogwumike and wait to see who else emerges.

    Nov 9 3:28 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: A-to-Z rundown of what to expect in 2012-13

    The 2012-13 season will end in New Orleans. We start off with an A through Z look at what to expect along the way.

    Nov 5 12:29 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Fever share championship moment

    After the Fever won their first WNBA title Sunday, it seemed like universally beloved Tamika Catchings' moment. But Indiana's championship run was the result of many key moments from Catchings and all her teammates.

    Oct 22 1:23 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: A new day dawns for Augustus, Lynx

    After the debacle of Friday night's Game 3, the Minnesota Lynx are determined to wipe the slate clean and move forward. If they win on the Fever's home court Sunday, pivotal Game 5 would be in Minnesota.

    Oct 21 8:31 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Lynx lose in unfathomable fashion

    With Minnesota at one point threatening the record for fewest points scored in a WNBA Finals game, Friday's loss by the defending champs could only be described as unfathomable.

    Oct 20 1:09 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • WNBA Finals coaches downplay conflict

    Oct 19 5:01 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Fever make adjustments in preparation for Game 3

    With an injury-depleted roster and rebounding that went missing Wednesday, Indiana now must make adjustments as it prepares to host Game 3.

    Oct 19 12:50 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Total Access with the Lynx

    In the bowels of the Target Center, Lynx players began arriving more than 10 hours before tipoff of Wednesday's Game 2 of the WNBA Finals. Michelle Smith has an inside look at what goes on before the game.

    Oct 18 3:50 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • More Sports

    Flag football takes hold in Anchorage

    Aiming to come into compliance with Title IX, officials in Alaska were looking for a sport to fill the void. They turned to flag football and since have seen girls flock to the field.

    Oct 11 3:28 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Steady leadership leads Lynx

    Defending WNBA champ Minnesota has gone from the hunter to the hunted. But what hasn't changed -- a steady, talented core -- is the key to winning back-to-back WNBA titles.

    Oct 11 1:47 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Adair's weight loss keeps WNBA dream alive

    Jessica Adair was cut by the Phoenix Mercury because of her weight. That spurred a dramatic weight-loss journey that landed her back in the WNBA, where she's an example for others.

    Oct 16 4:44 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Parker does all she can, but Lynx oust Sparks

    Candace Parker did everything she could to push Minnesota to a third game. But instead of playing for her first WNBA title, the Lynx are still on their quest for a second straight.

    Oct 7 11:49 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Ogwumike, Ross honored as WNBA's top rookie, coach

    Oct 7 5:49 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Parker, Toliver help Sparks salvage opening win

    Kristi Toliver was Robin to Candace Parker's Batman on Thursday as the super duo helped Los Angeles survive San Antonio to win Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals.

    Sep 28 3:24 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Sparks' Toliver earns most improved award

    Oct 6 11:17 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Niners' Celek makes brother proud

    This week's 53rd man, 49ers rookie Garrett Celek, earned a surprising place in the NFL by emulating his big brother Brent of the Eagles.

    Nov 15 12:50 PM ET | By Michelle Smith