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: Finals help WNBA hit high note despite early-season adversities

    As usual, the WNBA season had its share of controversies and breaking news. But Minnesota and Indiana are proof that what happened on the court is more important than what happened off it.

    Oct 7 10:38 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Fowles fuels Minnesota in Game 2 victory in WNBA Finals

    Lynx center Sylvia Fowles ushered in her 30s in style, scoring 21 points on her 30th birthday and giving Minnesota exactly what it needed to beat Indiana and level the WNBA Finals at 1-1.

    Oct 7 3:12 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Chemistry helps carry Fever, Lynx in WNBA Finals

    The WNBA Finals might not come down to chemistry, but there's no doubting both Minnesota and Indiana have a great dynamic. The players on both teams respect one another and work well together.

    Oct 6 2:38 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Johnson matures into immediate impact for Indiana

    When Indiana obtained Shenise Johnson in a trade last March, the Fever had high hopes. The guard has delivered as a full-time starter who has brought quickness and a multidimensional game.

    Oct 5 7:05 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fever's perimeter play paves way to Game 1 win

    Minnesota knew what was coming, but the Lynx still couldn't stop it. Indiana's perimeter was too dynamic and took advantage of its opportunities to steal Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday.

    Oct 4 9:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tale of the tape: Minnesota vs. Indiana

    As Minnesota and Indiana meet in the WNBA Finals, we got some help from Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen and Fever coach Stephanie White in deciding which state has the most to offer off the court.

    Oct 4 3:11 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: On and off court, Augustus leads Lynx

    Injuries limited her to just 16 regular-season games, but Seimone Augustus is as vital as ever to Minnesota's championship hopes.

    Oct 4 2:58 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: White sets bar high in first season as Fever head coach

    Stephanie White wasn't sure she'd find a home coaching in the WNBA. But the Indiana coach's first season will end in the Finals. Can her Fever overcome Cheryl Reeve and the Lynx?

    Oct 2 8:50 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA Finals primer: Why Minnesota shouldn't underestimate Indiana

    Many expected Minnesota to make the WNBA Finals. The Fever are more of a surprise to reach the championship series. Both have their stars and are in peak form. Game 1 is Sunday (ABC, 3 p.m. ET).

    Oct 2 12:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Top two seeds reach final four in best women's basketball player bracket

    Will it come down to a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown of Diana Taurasi vs. Lisa Leslie? Or will Sue Bird fans propel the point guard to another upset? Our best baller bracket is down to the final four.

    Oct 1 3:11 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • January helps Indiana make third journey to WNBA Finals

    A rookie in Indiana's first WNBA Finals appearance in 2009 and a budding star when Indiana won it all in '12, Briann January has been a key figure all along in Indiana's Finals run this season.

    Oct 1 12:30 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Catchings, White combine to lead Fever to WNBA Finals

    With a new coach and a new system, not even Tamika Catchings expected Indiana to reach the WNBA Finals. But everything came together for Catchings, the Fever and coach Stephanie White on Tuesday.

    Sep 30 1:40 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    NCAA volleyball: 5 things you need to know

    Washington lost its coach and superstar player from last season, but the No. 5 Huskies keep rolling along. Meanwhile, Nos. 1 and 2 Penn State and USC survived scares in Week 5.

    Sep 29 10:50 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • In the East finals, it all comes down to decisive Game 3

    New York is after its first WNBA Finals appearance since 2002. Indiana wants its third trip in seven years. A spot in the championship series awaits when the East's Game 3 tips Tuesday.

    Sep 29 7:46 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Catchings ignites Fever comeback

    Tamika Catchings found another gear and inspired her teammates as the Fever came back from 15 down at halftime to stun the Liberty, forcing a Game 3 in the WNBA's Eastern Conference finals.

    Sep 27 11:43 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Backs against the wall

    Tamika Catchings and the Fever need to control Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Liberty, or else they will be eliminated.

    Sep 27 12:09 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Charles, Liberty dominate Fever to open East finals

    Despite securing their spot in the East finals just 24 hours earlier, the Liberty were energetic, focused and relentless in Wednesday's Game 1. And now, Tina Charles and New York lead 1-0.

    Sep 24 2:09 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: How Breanna Stewart can impact the WNBA

    Breanna Stewart will be a franchise-changing player for whichever WNBA team gets to draft her. How might she fit in if she lands in Seattle, San Antonio, Connecticut or Atlanta?

    Sep 23 7:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • East finals preview: Why top-seeded New York isn't the favorite

    Indiana beat New York four times in the regular season. But fatigue also could be a factor in Wednesday's Game 1, when the Liberty play their second game in as many days.

    Sep 23 7:05 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Best women's basketball player bracket reaches quarterfinals

    The Elite Eight is set. And It probably should surprise no one, given the difference in opportunity and visibility between eras, that the players who advanced all enjoyed successful WNBA careers.

    Sep 23 9:34 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Top seeds look to avoid upset in doubleheader

    Chicago was upset at home and ousted from the playoffs. Will the top-seeded Liberty and Lynx avoid joining the Sky on the sidelines in Tuesday's decisive games?

    Sep 22 7:07 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Charles gets plenty of help as Liberty force Game 3

    Despite being on the brink of elimination, New York never looked nervous Sunday. Tina Charles led the way with 22 points in a businesslike Liberty win that tied their series with Washington.

    Sep 20 9:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Shock era in Tulsa comes to close with first-round sweep

    Despite knowing the end of the Shock era in Tulsa was growing near, the commitment the Shock players and fans gave to each other was an admirable, if bittersweet, thing to see Saturday.

    Sep 20 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: An open letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver

    On the day the WNBA playoffs opened, NBA commissioner Adam Silver vaguely said the league isn't "where we hoped it would be." But what does that mean? Mechelle Voepel takes the gloves off.

    Sep 19 12:52 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Laimbeer was Liberty's best option all along

    The Liberty have home-court advantage in the playoffs with a franchise-best record. Good thing New York hired coach Bill Laimbeer back. The Liberty wouldn't be in this position without him.

    Sep 17 9:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel