Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: How Courtney's versatility powers Penn State

    Senior star Megan Courtney's many gifts include the experience to know that No. 1 Penn State's match Friday night against No. 2 Stanford is big -- but not too big.

    Sep 4 10:50 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    NCAA volleyball: 5 things you need to know

    USC is already zooming up the rankings while the Big Ten and ACC stumbled, as Mechelle Voepel details in her look at the opening weekend in NCAA volleyball.

    Sep 1 11:32 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: Who are the top five WNBA MVP candidates?

    With a little more than two weeks left in the WNBA's regular season, the race to the MVP is hardly decided. Cast your vote for which player should win it.

    Aug 28 2:04 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: 5 things for NCAA women's volleyball season

    It's a familiar look as Penn State, Stanford and Texas start the season in the top three, but could big losses mean big changes? Mechelle Voepel makes her predictions for the upcoming season.

    Aug 25 12:47 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Johnson denied spousal support from Griner

    Glory Johnson's request for $20,000 a month in temporary spousal support from Brittney Griner was denied by Maricopa County, Arizona, Superior Court commissioner Jacki Ireland.

    Aug 20 3:56 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Griner, Johnson have hearing in divorce case

    Glory Johnson made her argument for spousal support from Brittney Griner in an evidentiary hearing Monday in Phoenix.

    Aug 17 11:55 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Penn St. opens No. 1 in preseason volleyball poll

    Defending national champion Penn State is the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association 2015 preseason poll released Wednesday.

    Aug 12 5:46 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA draft lottery to be based on 2-year record

    The WNBA draft lottery will be changed to consider records over two years and the team with the worst record will be guaranteed at least the third pick.

    Aug 5 4:29 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: After giving up hope, Fowles finds right fit

    On paper, Minnesota seemed to already have all the pieces needed to win another WNBA title. But there was room for one more. And now Sylvia Fowles hopes to fit in and help the Lynx win again.

    Jul 29 7:35 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: L.A. hopes Parker provides second-half spark

    What will a rested Candace Parker mean for the 3-13 Sparks? The two-time MVP returns to the court Wednesday, and whatever change Parker can bring just might be the difference Los Angeles needs.

    Jul 29 7:12 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fowles boosts Lynx's title hopes

    The takeaways from Monday's three-team trade: Minnesota really wants the 2015 WNBA title. Chicago hopes it made the best of a very difficult situation. And Atlanta has its eye on the future.

    Jul 27 7:43 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: West has a little Moore star power

    Maya Moore hates to lose. So with memories lingering from an overtime All-Star Game loss last year, she took control with her own 8-0 run in the final minutes to lead the West to a 117-112 win.

    Jul 27 7:35 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA prez reflects on 2015, talks expansion

    Laurel Richie says the lessons she has learned in five seasons as WNBA president made it easier to deal with a difficult start to 2015.

    Jul 25 8:46 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tamika Catchings preparing for life after hoops

    Playing in her record 10th All-Star game with the finish line to her brilliant career in sight, Tamika Catchings ponders life after hoops and is excited about the possibilities.

    Jul 25 3:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Stiles, Williams among women's hoops HOF class

    The 2016 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame class was announced Saturday at the WNBA All-Star Game. It includes Natalie Williams and Jackie Stiles.

    Jul 25 10:04 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Delle Donne takes game to even greater level

    After being sidelined for the event the past two seasons, Elena Delle Donne -- the WNBA's leading All-Star vote-getter -- will finally make her All-Star Game debut Saturday (ABC, 3:30 ET).

    Jul 25 10:31 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Hard to argue with relocating Shock

    There's really no reason to oppose relocating the WNBA's Shock franchise to Dallas -- except that it has to come at the expense of fans who have supported Tulsa through five tough seasons.

    Jul 22 8:22 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Davies induction fiasco points to deeper issues

    Travel delays caused Laura Davies to be late for her Hall of Fame ceremony, and to some prominent LPGA players, it could have been avoided. They say it's a sign of how women are treated in golf.

    Jul 16 1:05 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Delle Donne highlights lineup for All-Star Game

    For the second time in her young pro career, Chicago's Elena Delle Donne was the leading vote-getter in the WNBA All-Star balloting.

    Jul 15 1:58 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Docs: Johnson seeks spousal support from Griner

    Glory Johnson is seeking temporary spousal support and attorney fees from Brittney Griner, who petitioned to annul their marriage.

    Jul 14 1:57 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Athletic resolve helped Green recover from life-altering injury

    Army veteran and former Notre Dame women's basketball player Danielle Green, who lost her left arm while serving in Iraq in 2004, will receive the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2015 ESPYS.

    Jul 15 11:36 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Time to see what the Liberty have in store

    With the East again shaping up as a logjam, the time is now for New York. The Liberty are coming off an eight-day break and entering what might be a defining month that includes six road games.

    Jul 8 3:06 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Diggins' injury a kick in the gut for Shock

    Since leaving Detroit, the Shock have endured bad trades, a parade of coaches and terrible luck with lottery picks. But the loss of Skylar Diggins for the season is the cruelest blow of all.

    Jul 1 11:56 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Pride Night important show of support

    The WNBA is still deciding how best to implement its Pride initiative, but events such as Tuesday's Pride Night in Chicago show the league is at the forefront on this issue.

    Jul 1 4:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • With Gray likely to leave, Tar Heels reeling

    As the NCAA bears down on North Carolina, the seemingly imminent transfer of leading scorer Allisha Gray adds salt to Sylvia Hatchell's women's program and leaves one wondering what's next.

    Jun 17 5:21 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel