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.
  • 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

  • New faces help lead Dream to top of East

    Atlanta missed the 2015 playoffs and added several new faces in the offseason. But Layshia Clarendon and Elizabeth Williams have helped chemistry come together and the Dream to first in the East.

    Jun 14 8:38 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Gold-medal winning '96 Olympians reunite, reminisce

    Twenty years after winning gold in Atlanta, members of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team reunited and walked down memory lane while being honored by the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Jun 13 7:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Women's Basketball HOF inducts Class of 2016

    At Saturday's Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction, this year's class -- including Natalie Williams and Jackie Stiles -- spoke about the ties that bind everyone in the women's hoops world.

    Jun 12 11:35 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Dual-sport star Williams to be inducted into WBHOF

    Disappointed by being left off the U.S. Olympic volleyball team? Just reach the Olympics in another sport. Natalie Williams, one of six Hall of Fame inductees, was that athletically gifted.

    Jun 13 7:21 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Seems fitting Stiles, Coale head into HOF together

    The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame will honor six inductees this weekend, including phenom Jackie Stiles and coach Sherri Coale, whose careers intersected on a very memorable March day in 2001.

    Jun 9 2:13 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Nothing has slowed down Sparks so far

    At 7-0, Los Angeles is one of just two unbeaten teams in the WNBA. Can New York and Swin Cash -- who has announced she will retire at season's end -- snap the Sparks' perfect run (ESPN2, 10 ET)?

    Jun 7 11:07 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Cooper-Dyke crucial to WNBA's early success

    In the critical early years of establishing the WNBA, no player was more important than Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. And as the league celebrates its 20th season, its history can't be told without her.

    Jun 2 12:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Liberty ready for another shot at Lynx

    When the Liberty ran out of gas late last season, they could only wonder what might have been as the Lynx maintained their momentum to win the 2015 title. They meet Tuesday night (ESPN2, 8 ET).

    May 31 4:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Milton-Jones wants to go out on own terms

    After failing to make Atlanta's opening day roster, DeLisha Milton-Jones still has a lot to offer as a veteran who has won at every level. And she's ready if another WNBA team comes calling.

    May 27 12:11 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 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

  • 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