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: Lauren Hill embodied fighting spirit

    Lauren Hill, 19, died from brain cancer on Friday. But her winning spirit and competitor's courage far eclipsed any championship ever won.

    Apr 10 11:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mulkey, Baylor just taking care of business

    Kim Mulkey isn't worried about whether the NCAA thinks Baylor is a No. 1 seed right now. The young Lady Bears are taking care of business in the Big 12, easily topping the conference standings and riding a 22-game winning streak.

    Feb 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn, S. Carolina among projected top seeds

    Connecticut, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee would be the top seeds in the NCAA women's basketball tournament if the season was over.

    Feb 11 9:23 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Gamecocks likely the underdog against UConn despite No. 1 ranking

    Despite South Carolina's No. 1 ranking, the Gamecocks might actually be considered the underdog as they head into UConn territory. That's why having a coach like Dawn Staley to lean on will be so important.

    Feb 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • FSU's Bulgak named espnW player of the week

    After 29 points and 33 rebounds in a pair of Florida State wins, the Seminoles' Adut Bulgak nabbed our weekly honor.

    Feb 9 1:23 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 10 defining moments of Auriemma's career

    You could pick 100 huge moments in Geno Auriemma's career coaching the Huskies. But these 10 were crucial in the development of a program that has become one of the gold standards in all of collegiate athletics.

    Jan 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Drake sophomore Wendell makes quick adjustments

    From laundry to layups, Lizzy Wendell is a quick study. The Drake sophomore, who has eight siblings, ranks eighth in the country in scoring this season and has helped the Bulldogs to a perfect start in the Missouri Valley Conference.

    Jan 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Oregon State's Weisner named espnW player of the week

    After winning an individual battle a week ago and then adding two wins that put Oregon State alone in first place in the Pac-12, the Beavers' Jamie Weisner nabbed our weekly honor.

    Jan 25 10:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Boucek will lead Storm into new era

    Playing in the powerhouse West with two aging stars, first-year Storm head coach Jenny Boucek could see some rocky times ahead. But the longtime WNBA assistant coach -- who is aggressive and innovative and creative -- should be the asset that the Storm really need now.

    Jan 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • How one game grew into a phenomenon

    The UConn-Tennessee rivalry -- a face-off of North and South, between a program considered nouveau riche and an established champ, between a Philly-style wisecracking coach and one revered for her trailblazing -- was a sports phenomenon and one of the most important rivalries in women's college basketball history.

    Jan 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • No. 1 South Carolina grinds out SEC road win

    No. 1 South Carolina might not have looked like the nation's top-ranked team in grinding out an SEC road win Thursday. But veterans Tiffany Mitchell and Aleighsa Welch made sure the Gamecocks remained unbeaten.

    Jan 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Hard work, Hilton magic help Iowa State topple No. 3 Texas

    A little Hilton magic -- how many big wins like this have we seen in Ames, Iowa, over the years? -- and a lot of plain old hard work lifted Iowa State past No. 3 Texas, dropping the Longhorns from the ranks of the unbeaten.

    Jan 10 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Handicapping the top conference races

    Will Notre Dame continue to dominate the ACC? Can South Carolina remain at the front of the loaded-with-talent SEC? Mechelle Voepel looks at the top conference races around the country.

    Jan 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Liberty give Bill Laimbeer another shot

    The Liberty rehiring Bill Laimbeer isn't a bad decision. It's correcting a bad decision that was made three months ago.

    Jan 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Agler focused on Sparks' identity as he leaves Seattle for Los Angeles

    Having coached against them for so long, Brian Agler is very familiar with the Sparks. But it's personality -- more than personnel -- that needs tweaking.

    Jan 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Minnesota's Zahui B. named espnW player of the week

    After tallying 52 points and 46 rebounds in three wins for Minnesota, sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. nabbed our weekly honor.

    Jan 5 12:40 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Thanks, Mom, for all you did for me

    Mechelle Voepel knows her late mother helped shape her career as a sports writer. But Dorothy Voepel's most memorable contribution might have been becoming a funny, lovably curmudgeon-like sports fan.

    Jan 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

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    espnW Volleyball Player Of The Year: Washington's Krista Vansant

    Krista Vansant came to Washington on the fast track as an offensive star, but it's her defense that's lifted the Huskies. With a school-record 1,878 career kills, the espnW national player of the year has put Washington in the hunt for a national title.

    Dec 10 4:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    It's No Fantasy: Kelsie Wills and Hofstra Can Really Play Volleyball

    CAA player of the year Kelsie Wills, who hails from the "Hobbiton" of New Zealand, leads a Hofstra team with an international flavor on a journey to Nebraska to face the mighty Cornhuskers in the NCAA volleyball tournament.

    Dec 5 9:40 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    espnW Volleyball Player Of The Week: Penn State's Micha Hancock

    Penn State senior Micha Hancock, who has provided plenty of leadership for a young squad all season, helped push the Nittany Lions' win streak to 14 matches to earn our weekly honor.

    Dec 3 10:52 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Chattanooga's Gilbert named espnW player of the week

    After helping Chattanooga upset Tennessee, freshman guard/forward Keiana Gilbert nabbed our weekly honor.

    Dec 1 1:26 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    5 Things You Need To Know For The NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament

    Can top-ranked Stanford win its first title in a decade? Mechelle Voepel breaks down the Cardinal's top competition and the biggest storylines in the five things you need to know about the NCAA women's volleyball tournament.

    Dec 2 11:17 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    NCAA Volleyball: 5 Things You Need To Know

    There's a lot still to be sorted out in the final week of the regular season: Can Stanford finish unbeaten? Will USC slip into the NCAA tournament? Can Wisconsin hold off Penn State in the Big Ten? Mechelle Voepel has the details.

    Nov 25 5:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    espnW Volleyball Player Of The Week: Wisconsin's Lauren Carlini

    Sophomore setter Lauren Carlini has Wisconsin riding a school-record 17-game conference winning streak and on the verge of wrapping up the Big Ten title.

    Nov 26 10:31 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    2014 LPGA Season Was Chock Full Of Intriguing Storylines

    Americans dominated the LPGA Tour right out of the gate, winning 11 of the first 17 events, and at the end, it was all Lydia Ko. In between, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson and Mo Martin had their moments in the sun.

    Nov 24 1:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel