Michelle Smith Archive

Michelle Smith

Contributor, espnW.com
  • Headliners

    espnW Headliners: UConn freshman Breanna Stewart exceeding the hype

    Embracing the scrutiny, heralded UConn freshman Breanna Stewart is already showing she has what it takes to become the next great Husky.

    Jan 4 3:52 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Blowout teaches UConn, Stanford coaches plenty

    The game was a blowout, a 61-35 shellacking of No. 1 Stanford, but UConn coach Geno Auriemma and Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer learned plenty about their teams.

    Dec 30 1:13 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Stanford, UConn making their points

    Tara VanDerveer and Geno Auriemma want to showcase offenses in Stanford-Connecticut showdown.

    Dec 28 3:57 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Stanford, UConn prepare for 1-2 showdown

    For the third time in four years, Stanford and Connecticut clash in a battle of the top two ranked teams in the country.

    Dec 27 5:12 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Clarendon nets 28 to drive Cal past Kansas

    In its first home game in nearly a month, No. 8 Cal improved to 9-1 and the best opening 10 games in school history after defeating No. 19 Kansas on Friday night.

    Dec 22 1:17 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • CU's Jeffery named espnW player of the week

    After leading Colorado to a pair of wins, including its first victory over a top-10 opponent in a decade, guard Chucky Jeffery nabbed our weekly honor.

    Dec 17 2:28 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Azzi rebuilding San Francisco

    Jennifer Azzi's storied playing career was marked by hard work, tenacity and the ability to be in better shape than anyone else. In her third season as San Francisco's coach, she's following the same path.

    Dec 13 11:45 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • College Sports

    Smith: Michigan stuns Stanford to make first final four

    Unseeded Michigan knocked off No. 2 Stanford in Saturday's regionals to move on to the final four for the first time in school history.

    Dec 10 7:56 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • More Sports

    Smith: BAWSI gets young girls interested in sports

    BAWSI has helped countless Bay Area girls learn to love sports and physical education. The organization's success has it primed to be a national model.

    Jan 17 3:40 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: 49ers' Jennings stays balanced with yoga

    During the offseason, 49ers long-snapper Brian Jennings moves from the football field to the yoga mat, which he credits for his long, healthy career.

    Dec 26 9:20 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Utah ready to make statement in Pac-12

    With a lot of injuries behind them, the Utah Utes are out to prove they're more than middle of the pack in the Pac-12.

    Dec 6 4:58 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Gonzaga has new look

    Gonzaga isn't the high-scoring team of recent seasons, but the young Bulldogs are talented, athletic and playing their best defense in years. Coach Kelly Graves hopes the new look translates to the same success.

    Nov 27 4:40 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • JMU's Hislop named espnW player of the week

    After scoring at least 30 points twice in three games, James Madison's Tarik Hislop is the espnW player of the week.

    Nov 26 1:17 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Bone, Aggies look to rebound from 0-3 start

    Two seasons removed from an NCAA title, Texas A&M is in an 0-3 hole after opening against a trio of top-10 teams. Digging out, especially with the Aggies' first SEC season quickly approaching, might rest on Kelsey Bone's shoulders.

    Nov 20 11:32 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • 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