Michelle Smith Archive

Michelle Smith

Contributor, espnW.com
  • Smith: Spokane Regional breakdown

    Pac-12 rivals Stanford and Cal seem headed for a rubber match -- if they can get past physical, athletic and defense-first SEC teams Georgia and LSU.

    Mar 29 4:38 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Stanford shoots into Sweet 16

    A pep talk from former Stanford star Candice Wiggins convinced the Cardinal to embrace the pressure of their No. 1 seed. Stanford responded by playing its best team ball of the season in the rout of Michigan.

    Apr 8 2:51 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Opposite forces meet in Stanford-Michigan

    Stanford will rely on the post play of Chiney Ogwumike while Michigan will have to hit 3s, as opposite offenses meet in Tuesday's second round.

    Mar 25 9:58 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Disaster averted for top-seeded Stanford

    The first half against Tulsa ended in a 24-24 tie and brought back memories of 1998, when 16th-seeded Harvard stunned No. 1 Stanford on its home court. But the Cardinal went on a 23-7 run and shot 65.5 percent in the second half to end Tulsa's hopes.

    Mar 25 12:21 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Kim Barnes Arico gets Michigan to believe

    It's hard to argue with results. Placing trust in first-year coach Kim Barnes Arico, Michigan adjusted to a new system and landed a spot in the NCAA field.

    Mar 23 9:56 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Savor the 3 To See as their college careers wind down

    At some point in the next three weeks, the college careers of Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins and Brittney Griner will end. So savor their last college games while you can.

    Mar 22 1:49 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Ogwumike emerges as Stanford's newest star

    While all eyes are focused on a certain trio of superstar seniors, no individual player in the country has done more for her team than Chiney Ogwumike has done for top-seeded Stanford.

    Mar 21 4:00 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • More Sports

    Smith: Springstowne girls a wrestling power

    The Springstowne Wrestling Academy, the nation's largest girls' school wrestling program, brings a championship glow to the working-class city of Vallejo, Calif.

    Mar 20 2:23 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Stanford-Cal showdown would be elite

    The Cardinal and Golden Bears split their regular-season series, playing twice in the same week in January. Cal's win at Stanford ended the Cardinal's 81-game conference win streak.

    Mar 19 12:02 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Five more that could reach the Final Four

    Cal has beaten Stanford this season. If the Bears do it in the tournament, they will punch a ticket to the Final Four. They are among the five more teams that can make the Final Four.

    Mar 18 11:57 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Bonvicini finds fresh start at Seattle U

    Hired four years ago to shepherd Seattle University into full Division I status, Joan Bonvicini led the Redhawks to the WAC regular-season title and has the program two wins away from an NCAA tournament berth.

    Mar 14 | By Michelle Smith

  • More Sports

    Smith: Elena Myers returns to spot of historic win

    Elena Myers turned heads last year when she became the first woman to win a motorsports race at Daytona. She's back with a new team, racing in a new class.

    Mar 14 10:31 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Orrange comes through for Cardinal

    With Chiney Ogwumike limited to a career-low three points, guard Amber Orrange stepped up to win Stanford its seventh straight Pac-12 tourney title.

    Mar 10 4:00 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: UCLA scores signature win over Cal

    Everyone anticipated another Cal-Stanford matchup in the Pac-12 final. UCLA had other ideas, knocking off the No. 5 Bears.

    Mar 9 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Huskies hope turnaround begins at home

    Caught in a late-season slump, Washington hopes the home-court advantage at Seattle's KeyArena will help it turn things around in the Pac-12 tournament.

    Mar 7 1:52 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Future uncertain for Cooper, Westhead

    They've got NBA pedigree and WNBA titles. But Southern California's Michael Cooper and Oregon's Paul Westhead have combined for just 12 victories this season.

    Feb 28 9:16 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Arizona State regroups after coach's absence

    Charli Turner Thorne returned from a nine-month leave feeling refreshed and reinvigorated. The downside? The Sun Devils are young, inexperienced and facing their first losing season in more than a decade.

    Feb 22 2:38 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Stanford maintains focus, tops UCLA

    With Stanford and Cal dead even atop the Pac-12 standings, Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer insists she is more concerned with her own team than with any opponent.

    Feb 17 11:18 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Brother's cancer fight inspires CU's Kresl

    Lexy Kresl's brother was just 7 years old when doctors discovered a brain tumor. Ten years later, his fight remains her biggest inspiration on and off the court.

    Feb 12 2:05 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Kentucky's Mathies named espnW player of the week

    After an overtime victory at Vanderbilt and playing 43 minutes in an overtime win at Arkansas, Kentucky's A'dia Mathies nabbed our weekly honor.

    Feb 11 12:39 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Cal's Brandon transforms her game

    From overcoming her family being split up to becoming one of the Pac-12's best players, Gennifer Brandon's life has been full of transformations.

    Feb 5 4:15 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Athlete's Life

    Smith: Liz Stephen holds U.S. ski team together

    In a sport that's about individual endurance, U.S. cross-country skier Liz Stephen finds her joy in being part of a team.

    Jan 29 4:19 PM ET | By Michelle Smith