Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • Voepel: Sky impress despite Fowles' absence

    Chicago didn't have holdout star Sylvia Fowles in its opener. It didn't seem to matter, as the rest of the Sky joined forces to fill her void for a resounding win over the Fever on Friday.

    Jun 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Whalen key to Lynx success

    This may be Lindsay Whalen's twelfth season, but the five-time WNBA All-Star is better than ever with her with her play -- and invaluable as the leader of the early projected favorite Lynx.

    Jun 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sky need Delle Donne more than ever

    If the Sky expect to get back to the WNBA Finals, they're going to need a huge year from star Elena Delle Donne. And after a strong offseason, that's exactly what Delle Donne expects to provide.

    Jun 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Maya Moore still chasing perfection

    After her best season as a pro ended without a WNBA title, Lynx star Maya Moore enters 2015 with one goal: her third league crown. Oh, and a second straight MVP award would be nice, too.

    Jun 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Dream star McCoughtry now 'living my own life'

    After an offseason of transformation, including coming out, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry feels like this WNBA season could be her best yet.

    May 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA storylines to follow in 2015

    After a difficult offseason, the WNBA returns with some interesting questions and notable absences.

    May 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • White up for any and all challenges with Fever

    In her first year as Indiana's head coach, Stephanie White has assembled an experienced staff and is committed to sustaining the success Lin Dunn established.

    May 31 7:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lisa Leslie's career the 'gold standard'

    A three-time MVP in the WNBA and four-time winner of Olympic gold, Lisa Leslie not only excelled, but did so at an important time for women's basketball.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Achonwa, Gray get first WNBA action

    After missing last season with knee injuries, former first-round draft picks Natalie Achonwa and Chelsea Gray finally got their first WNBA action, albeit in an exhibition game.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Diggins, Tulsa look to complete turnaround

    Sound familiar? Tulsa is on the verge of breaking into the top of the West. But this summer especially, after Skylar Diggins' solid second season, there really is reason to believe.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Griner's work off the court is key

    As Brittney Griner returns from a seven-game suspension, all eyes will be on her. But the work she does off the court to avoid repeating past mistakes is far more important than how she plays.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Griner encouraged by support she's received

    For Brittney Griner, returning to her "safe haven" was a big moment. The outpouring of support she has received -- from teammates, fans and players -- has been special, too.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Good vibes from new-look Mercury

    With Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor out for the season and Brittney Griner until June 27, players such as Leilani Mitchell and Monique Currie are stepping up -- and view it as an opportunity.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • All eyes on Ogwumike as Sparks open 2015

    Nneka Ogwumike is more valuable than ever on and off the court for the Sparks, who need her to continue to step up this season with a new coach and star Candace Parker out an indefinite time.

    May 18 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA got Griner, Johnson suspensions right

    The WNBA needed to be a leader in domestic violence situations. And from the process to the penalties handed down to Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson, Laurel Richie should be commended.

    May 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Why Isiah Thomas' hire is worse than you think

    MSG says hiring Isiah Thomas is purely about saving the Liberty. But people around the league worry the Liberty are actually being used as a pawn just to get Thomas back into the fold at MSG.

    May 14 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Honesty best way to approach relationships between 'rivals'

    The WNBA and its teams must continue to acknowledge players on opposing teams being in relationships. And for the players, separating the personal and professional can be done without hiding.

    May 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • USA Basketball Q&A: Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi

    Nobody knows the dynamics of the U.S. women's national basketball team -- and how things went in this week's camp in Las Vegas -- better than guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi.

    May 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Depth on display at USA Basketball women's camp

    The U.S. women's basketball team will be going for a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal in the Rio Games. And after this week's camp in Las Vegas, the team could be deeper than ever.

    May 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA in good hands as young talent takes reins

    There's a sentiment that this offseason has been nothing but bad news for the WNBA. And while stars deciding to sit out is a concern for the league, it's not a crisis.

    May 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA must take stand on domestic violence

    It's time for the WNBA and USA Basketball to make a statement on domestic violence: Women are not just victims, and in same-sex cases, we can't be any less diligent in demanding accountability.

    May 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sky preparing to move on without Fowles

    Sylvia Fowles wants a trade -- possibly to Minnesota -- but the Chicago center and the Sky have been in a stalemate. Will it mean a third Olympian will sit out at least part of the WNBA season?

    Apr 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Laimbeer, Liberty ready to start next chapter

    Bill Laimbeer, let go last year but then hired back, will try to return New York to the playoffs after missing the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time since the WNBA's inception.

    Apr 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Storm earn top mark in draft grades

    Seattle, Tulsa, New York and Connecticut scored A grades in Thursday's WNBA draft, while four others earned C marks.

    Apr 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Q&A with WNBA president Laurel Richie

    WNBA president Laurel Richie sat down with Mechelle Voepel on Thursday before the WNBA draft to tackle 10 questions.

    Apr 17 | By Mechelle Voepel