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.
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tuck steps up, leads UConn to title game

    Breanna Stewart had a slow start and UConn lost Katie Lou Samuelson to injury. But it was business as usual for Morgan Tuck, who led the Huskies to the title game with 21 points.

    Apr 3 11:12 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Right place, right time for UW coach Neighbors

    Two heart attacks before he was 40 have given Washington coach Mike Neighbors a unique perspective. Instead of worrying about the possibilities, he dreamed of them.

    Apr 3 10:14 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Stewart wins 2nd Wade Trophy in a row

    Breanna Stewart of the UConn Huskies wins a second straight Wade Trophy and joins teammates Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck on the WBCA All-American team.

    Apr 2 11:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Focused UConn blocks out the noise

    As UConn inches closer to a historic fourth straight title, potential distractions are everywhere. But none of it ever seems to affect the Huskies. Can Oregon State end the dream?

    Apr 3 4:44 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Geno, others downplay Final Four full of male coaches

    For the first time, all four head coaches in the Women's Final Four are men. But as even Geno Auriemma said, reading too deep into that takes away from what the players and coaches have achieved.

    Mar 31 2:44 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Rueck builds Beavers into national contender

    Oregon State won nine games in Scott Rueck's first season as coach. In his sixth, the second-seeded Beavers are bound for their first Final Four.

    Mar 29 2:54 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Oregon State punches first Final Four ticket

    Oregon State upset No. 1 seed Baylor to advance to Indy. The Beavers, who will face UConn in the national semifinals, join Pac-12 counterpart Washington and Syracuse as Final Four first-timers.

    Mar 28 11:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn is advancing women's basketball -- not killing it

    Give UConn credit for its dominance without simultaneously nullifying it. Because just like the UCLA men, the Huskies women are raising the bar in college basketball.

    Mar 29 3:19 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Baylor aiming to complete Final Four mission

    Since winning it all in 2012, Baylor has lost in the Sweet 16 to Louisville in 2013 and in the Elite Eight the past two seasons to Notre Dame. The Lady Bears face Oregon State on Monday.

    Mar 27 5:42 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Syracuse rides fearless spirit to first Final Four

    Overlooked by most and long dwarfed by that mammoth program to the southeast, Syracuse finally has our attention. Playing with a fearless spirit, the Orange head to Indy on a wave of vindication.

    Mar 27 10:12 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel