Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • WNBA prez reflects on 2015, talks expansion

    Laurel Richie says the lessons she has learned in five seasons as WNBA president made it easier to deal with a difficult start to 2015.

    Jul 25 8:46 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tamika Catchings preparing for life after hoops

    Playing in her record 10th All-Star game with the finish line to her brilliant career in sight, Tamika Catchings ponders life after hoops and is excited about the possibilities.

    Jul 25 3:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Stiles, Williams among women's hoops HOF class

    The 2016 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame class was announced Saturday at the WNBA All-Star Game. It includes Natalie Williams and Jackie Stiles.

    Jul 25 10:04 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Delle Donne takes game to even greater level

    After being sidelined for the event the past two seasons, Elena Delle Donne -- the WNBA's leading All-Star vote-getter -- will finally make her All-Star Game debut Saturday (ABC, 3:30 ET).

    Jul 25 10:31 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Hard to argue with relocating Shock

    There's really no reason to oppose relocating the WNBA's Shock franchise to Dallas -- except that it has to come at the expense of fans who have supported Tulsa through five tough seasons.

    Jul 22 8:22 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Davies induction fiasco points to deeper issues

    Travel delays caused Laura Davies to be late for her Hall of Fame ceremony, and to some prominent LPGA players, it could have been avoided. They say it's a sign of how women are treated in golf.

    Jul 16 1:05 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Delle Donne highlights lineup for All-Star Game

    For the second time in her young pro career, Chicago's Elena Delle Donne was the leading vote-getter in the WNBA All-Star balloting.

    Jul 15 1:58 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Docs: Johnson seeks spousal support from Griner

    Glory Johnson is seeking temporary spousal support and attorney fees from Brittney Griner, who petitioned to annul their marriage.

    Jul 14 1:57 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Athletic resolve helped Green recover from life-altering injury

    Army veteran and former Notre Dame women's basketball player Danielle Green, who lost her left arm while serving in Iraq in 2004, will receive the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2015 ESPYS.

    Jul 15 11:36 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Time to see what the Liberty have in store

    With the East again shaping up as a logjam, the time is now for New York. The Liberty are coming off an eight-day break and entering what might be a defining month that includes six road games.

    Jul 8 3:06 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Diggins' injury a kick in the gut for Shock

    Since leaving Detroit, the Shock have endured bad trades, a parade of coaches and terrible luck with lottery picks. But the loss of Skylar Diggins for the season is the cruelest blow of all.

    Jul 1 11:56 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Pride Night important show of support

    The WNBA is still deciding how best to implement its Pride initiative, but events such as Tuesday's Pride Night in Chicago show the league is at the forefront on this issue.

    Jul 1 4:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • With Gray likely to leave, Tar Heels reeling

    As the NCAA bears down on North Carolina, the seemingly imminent transfer of leading scorer Allisha Gray adds salt to Sylvia Hatchell's women's program and leaves one wondering what's next.

    Jun 17 5:21 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 2015 Hall of Fame class had lasting impact

    Three players and three coaches will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend, and all had a measurable influence on the game.

    Jun 12 1:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA's Eastern Conference up for grabs

    The WNBA's Eastern Conference should again be toss-up. Reigning Eastern champion Atlanta sits atop the preseason rankings for now, but Indiana is nipping at the Dream's heels.

    Jun 3 | 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Storm's bounty raises tantalizing possibilities

    Seattle has had back-to-back No. 1 picks before who set the foundation for the franchise. It's hard not to imagine a similar result with the duo of Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd.

    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