Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Voepel: Loyd's 'chance' pays off with top pick

    Jewell Loyd's decision to leave Notre Dame early was scrutinized by some and applauded by others. But the plan worked to perfection for the underclassman, who was drafted first overall Thursday.

    Apr 16 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Big draft-day decisions await Storm, Shock

    After sharing last place in the West last season, Seattle and Tulsa have a chance to add potentially transformative players such as Jewell Loyd and Amanda Zahui B. in Thursday's WNBA draft.

    Apr 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • It's three titles for UConn's Stewart -- and counting

    Breanna Stewart didn't take over the title game like in recent seasons. But with three championships in three years -- and as many Most Outstanding Player awards -- she has reached rarefied air.

    Apr 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mosqueda-Lewis makes big impact in final game

    Notre Dame was within six points with five minutes to play when UConn senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis nailed a backbreaking 3-pointer. "That was the game," Irish coach Muffet McGraw said.

    Apr 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Irish 'so much tougher' since loss to UConn

    Even Notre Dame acknowledges it's an underdog vs. UConn. No team in the past five years has won more big games and not won a title. But here's why this year might be different.

    Apr 6 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • On verge of history, Auriemma recounts past

    One day before taking aim at a historic 10th title, Geno Auriemma was reflective and reminiscent -- and ready to let UConn's achievements stand on their own.

    Apr 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn's Tuck making most of return to court

    Forced to redshirt during UConn's 2014 title run, sophomore forward Morgan Tuck has helped turn the Huskies' offense into a "you-can't-stop-all-five-of-us" attack this season.

    Apr 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Huskies, Irish set up title game rematch

    For the second year in a row, it's Notre Dame vs. UConn -- two teams that don't like each other much but continue to set the bar in women's basketball -- in the title game.

    Apr 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn star Stewart wins Wade Trophy award

    UConn junior Breanna Stewart added a little more hardware to her collection Saturday, winning the Wade Trophy, honoring the nation's top player. She also was named to the WBCA All-America team.

    Apr 4 4:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel