Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • Veteran coach Dunn joins Kentucky as assistant

    Veteran coach Lin Dunn, who has coached at both the WNBA and college levels, is joining Kentucky as an assistant.

    May 24 3:09 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • White, Dunn, Peck are good hires for women's game

    Stephanie White, Lin Dunn and Carolyn Peck know what it takes to succeed in women's basketball. Their return to the college level should boost the SEC and is good for the game overall.

    May 25 11:47 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Reports: Vandy hires Fever's White as coach

    Stephanie White, who led the Fever to the WNBA Finals last year, will take over Vanderbilt's program once this WNBA season is finished, according to multiple reports.

    May 23 8:35 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Ogwumike is 'glue' behind Sparks

    Forward Nneka Ogwumike will do whatever her team asks -- and needs -- as the Sparks look to challenge the likes of Minnesota and Phoenix for supremacy in the WNBA this season.

    May 23 2:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA season is humming along

    The curtain has gone up on the WNBA's 20th season, and the league's cast of characters have taken center stage.

    May 19 2:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA to offer advanced box scores after games

    The WNBA announced Monday that starting with this 2016 season, it will offer advanced box scores after each game.

    May 16 4:55 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA oral history: Moving the ball forward

    Twenty years after the WNBA's launch, the key pioneers reflect on how the league came to life, the obstacles it surmounted and the legacy it has created for a generation of women's hoops stars.

    May 16 7:12 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks ruin Stewart's pro debut

    With a 30-point rout, the Sparks and Candace Parker opened the season exactly as they wanted to. But rookie Breanna Stewart showed that she is going to adapt to the league relatively quickly.

    May 15 11:58 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx lead way in preseason power rankings

    Which teams will challenge Minnesota at the top of the WNBA? Which eight look poised to reach the postseason? And who are the preseason picks for MVP and all-league honors?

    May 12 6:49 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Five big questions before WNBA season tips

    There's much to celebrate this season as the WNBA turns 20. But how will the Olympics and new playoff format impact the season? Who are the MVP front-runners? Will Dallas embrace the Wings?

    May 9 11:32 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Still trying to make sense of a Rio roster without Parker

    The U.S. roster should have been built around Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Candace Parker. But Parker was left out, reigniting the idea of favoritism within the program toward UConn players.

    Apr 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Vandy coach Balcomb steps down after 14 years

    Melanie Balcomb has resigned as head coach of Vanderbilt after 14 seasons with the program.

    Apr 27 8:55 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Stewart among 12 named to U.S. hoops roster

    No. 1 draft pick Breanna Stewart was among the 12 players named to the U.S. women's basketball roster for the Rio Games. Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner will also make their Olympic debuts.

    Apr 27 6:13 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Omitting Parker is a bad call by USA Basketball

    With at least 13 strong candidates for 12 roster spots, we anticipated tough cuts for the U.S. women's Olympic team. But leaving out Candace Parker, still at the peak of her game, is absurd.

    Apr 25 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Series of allegations against coaches marks troubling trend

    After several allegations of verbal abuse and harassment made recently in women's basketball, it's clear the issue isn't going away. But it's also important to look at each case individually.

    Apr 21 12:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Storm, Sun, Wings dominate WNBA draft

    As expected, UConn swept the first three picks of the WNBA draft. The Seattle Storm, Connecticut Sun and Dallas Wings helped themselves the most with their draft picks on Thursday.

    Apr 15 2:14 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn trio leads way in mock draft

    After Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson, there's a ton of speculation about which players will be picked in the first round of Thursday's WNBA draft (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET).

    Apr 13 1:53 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tyler Summitt's fall crushing to two fan bases

    The women's basketball world watched Tyler Summitt grow up. Now everyone is watching his career and reputation fall apart, a devastating scandal that has Louisiana Tech and Tennessee reeling.

    Apr 12 9:35 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Summitt's son abruptly resigns at Louisiana Tech

    Saying he is "profoundly disappointed" about a relationship he was involved in, Tyler Summitt, the son of Hall of Famer Pat Summitt, resigned as head coach at Louisiana Tech on Thursday.

    Apr 9 9:40 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Auriemma passes Wooden with 11th title

    Geno Auriemma moved ahead of legendary UCLA coach John Wooden on Tuesday with his 11th national championship. And after a sixth perfect season, Auriemma doesn't appear to be slowing down.

    Apr 6 4:24 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • With fourth title in hand, Stewart delivers

    Making good on a bold statement four years ago, Breanna Stewart carried UConn to unprecedented heights. But it's only the beginning. The WNBA, and possibly the Olympics, await the Huskies star.

    Apr 6 3:10 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Nike's Knight congratulates Auriemma on 11th title

    Nike chairman and co-founder Phil Knight joined the chorus of congratulations and penned a letter to UConn coach Geno Auriemma after his Huskies won the program's 11th national title.

    Apr 5 11:49 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Why Taurasi, not Stewart, is UConn's greatest player

    Holy Husky trinity! Breanna Stewart, Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore are considered the best in UConn history. Taurasi tends to get the nod, but a fourth title for Stewart could complicate things.

    Apr 5 1:39 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn remains calm in pursuit of four-peat

    What does it feel like to be a win away from four titles in as many years? UConn has a shot Tuesday. Will the Huskies hoist the trophy with a sense of peace or be haunted by falling short?

    Apr 5 4:28 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Former Big East foes UConn, Syracuse to meet in final

    For the fourth straight year, two teams from the former Big East Conference will play for the national championship. In its first title game, Syracuse will try to pull off the upset of the ages.

    Apr 4 11:57 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel