Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined ESPN.com in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • Can WNBA players really count on the league's support?

    The WNBA usually takes pride in promoting its players' activism. But how players can support the conflict between police and black communities is causing internal conflict in the league itself.

    Jul 22 5:20 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Confidence carrying Sparks into Olympic break

    After matching the best start in WNBA history, L.A. suffered just its second loss of the season. The Sparks, with a winning mindset guiding them, look to get back on track Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 ET).

    Jul 19 12:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Summitt's players are her greatest legacy

    At its most basic core, Pat Summitt's life work was helping young women who played basketball become the best human beings they could be. Thursday, her legacy rose as one to honor her.

    Jul 15 1:19 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 'Celebration of life' to honor Pat Summitt

    The women's basketball world is paying tribute to legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, who died June 28 at age 64. Watch live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

    Jul 14 7:05 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Winning chemistry focus of U.S. women's volleyball squad

    The U.S. women's volleyball team will have a familiar look in Rio -- the majority of the lineup features members from the 2014 World Championship-winning squad.

    Jul 12 11:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 10 more players who helped boost the WNBA

    The contribution of players born outside the United States and Australia has been a big factor in the growth of the WNBA. We rank 10 who have greatly impacted the league.

    Jul 12 12:16 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Aussie impact took WNBA to higher level

    Australians wanted to play at the highest level. But the reality is, they helped raise the bar in the WNBA. And outside of the United States, no country has had a greater impact on the league.

    Jul 12 12:13 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Dolson, Stokes on U.S. women's select team

    The USA Basketball women's select team was announced Monday. This 11-player group will train alongside the national team.

    Jul 11 1:20 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Can anyone stop New York's Charles?

    She's a two-time NCAA champ and an Olympic gold medalist, and she's making a strong case for her second MVP award. How does Tina Charles keep getting better? Simple: She works very hard.

    Jul 7 5:50 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx look to hold court against Sky

    Minnesota is eager to move on after a recent three-game skid. Chicago looks to knock off the Lynx to inch closer to .500. The Lynx and Sky meet in Minnesota on Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 ET).

    Jul 5 1:59 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 5 ways to carry on Summitt's legacy

    The way Pat Summitt lived every day was as awe-inspiring as her career record, and you could do no better than to follow her lead. Here are five things we can try to do to keep her spirit alive.

    Jul 1 2:55 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Defining Summitt's legacy

    Legend. Icon. Pat Summitt deserves all the praise. Some of the coaches who knew the Tennessee coach best help illustrate why Summitt's impact was so widespread and profound.

    Jun 29 4:38 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Summitt's 10 greatest players at Tennessee

    Pat Summitt would be the first to say you can't win an NCAA title -- let alone eight -- without great players. So which 10 Lady Vols had the greatest careers under Summitt in Knoxville?

    Jun 29 1:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Warlick: Summitt embodied strong character, integrity

    Holly Warlick, who has cherished and maintained the Lady Vols legacy Pat Summitt built as much as anyone, says the coach fought Alzheimers' with the same strength she demonstrated as a coach.

    Jun 28 7:52 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tennessee grads play with pride for Summitt

    For Tennessee grads like Candace Parker and Glory Johnson, their hearts are heavy as Pat Summitt's health deteriorates. But they'll keep playing with pride, just like Coach taught them.

    Jun 28 10:55 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Five favorite memories of Summitt

    Pat Summitt had no use for pedestals. She was accessible to anyone, and any interaction with her often resulted in a precious memory. Here are five gems we want to share with you.

    Jun 28 12:52 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Summitt's 10 greatest coaching moments

    How do you attempt to quantify an unquantifiable legend who had a career full of countless successes? Here's one take on the top 10 moments of Summitt's storied coaching career.

    Jun 28 12:53 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Legendary Summitt truly one of a kind

    She was one of sports' most accomplished figures but also universally beloved and humbly warm. To say there will never be anyone like Pat Summitt is not hyperbole. In fact, it seems inadequate.

    Jun 28 5:07 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Big payback: L.A. ends Minnesota's perfect start

    Three days after the Lynx ended the Sparks' perfect season, L.A. returned the favor. Behind a strong interior game and Kristi Toliver's 3-point shooting, the Sparks dropped the Lynx to 13-1.

    Jun 25 3:37 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx look to extend unbeaten streak

    Perfection in the WNBA is an unrealistic goal, even for the Lynx. But Minnesota (13-0) has made it this far, which says a lot about the team's consistent excellence and maintained hunger.

    Jun 23 2:45 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Fear not: Lynx, Sparks meet again Friday

    The star players didn't shine as expected, but Minnesota's win over L.A. on Tuesday lived up to the hype. Lucky us. The league's top two teams meet again shortly in another can't-miss meeting.

    Jun 22 3:09 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Taylor, Milton-Jones belonged on WNBA's top 20

    There's no correct list when coming up with the top 20 greatest players in the WNBA's 20-year history. But Australian Penny Taylor and DeLisha Milton-Jones were big omissions from Tuesday's list.

    Jun 22 12:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Nine active players make WNBA's 20@20 team

    Fourteen of the 15 players who were honored in 2011 when the WNBA celebrated its 15th season made this year's list of top 20 players in league history.

    Jun 21 6:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Ready to savor an epic Sparks-Lynx showdown

    The players are playing it down, but Tuesday's Lynx-Sparks game is one of the biggest regular-season meetings in WNBA history. So let's enjoy this with an exclamation point! Or two!!

    Jun 20 11:45 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Twenty seasons later, a look back at WNBA's first game

    The first WNBA game was played June 21, 1997. As the anniversary nears, Penny Toler reflects on her historic first basket and Teresa Weatherspoon admits some players were "scared to death."

    Jun 21 10:42 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel