Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • Mercury look to close out Sky

    Brittney Griner not playing in Friday's Game 3 seems to be the only thing that might prevent Phoenix from sweeping Chicago in the WNBA Finals.

    Sep 12 11:32 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Aussie influence steers Mercury toward title

    Outside of the United States, no nation has had a bigger impact on the WNBA than Australia. And three Aussies have Phoenix one win away from a third championship.

    Sep 11 7:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Why Suzann Pettersen's Quest For No. 1 Seems To Be Slipping

    Ranked No. 2 at the end of last year, Suzann Pettersen has been stymied by a bad back and several poor finishes this season. Still, she's rounding into form for the year's last major.

    Sep 10 12:17 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    espnW Volleyball Player Of The Week: Stanford's Inky Ajanaku

    Inky Ajanaku, filling the leadership void left by the graduated Carly Wopat, was in the middle of everything for Stanford as the Cardinal knocked off Penn State and Illinois to jump to No. 1.

    Sep 10 11:16 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • More mature, mentally tough Brittney Griner bounces back from blows

    Brittney Griner shook off two blows to the face to help Phoenix deliver an even bigger blow to Chicago: The Mercury are on the brink of a sweep in the WNBA Finals.

    Sep 10 10:56 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    NCAA Volleyball: 5 Things You Need To Know

    A big victory over Penn State catapulted Stanford -- one of eight undefeated Pac-12 teams -- to No. 1. Nittany Lions freshman Ali Frantti made quite an impression, though.

    Sep 9 2:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Griner wants defense to define her game

    Brittney Griner was such a force on defense Sunday as the WNBA Finals opened that she would have been one of the game's most valuable players even if she hadn't scored a point. And that's exactly how she wants it.

    Sep 14 12:28 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Delle Donne's absence too much for Chicago to overcome in Game 1

    Even with a healthy Elena Delle Donne, Chicago would be an underdog in the WNBA Finals. But with the Sky star limited to just 10 minutes in Game 1, Chicago's chances of beating Phoenix for the championship are slim.

    Sep 7 10:24 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Five Questions facing Chicago and Phoenix in the WNBA Finals

    Can Chicago win one of the first two games in Phoenix? How big of a factor will Elena Delle Donne be? Can the Sky do anything to slow Mercury star Diana Taurasi? The answers to these and more will determine which team hoists the WNBA trophy.

    Sep 6 5:26 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Diana Taurasi says she's 'never good enough'

    Diana Taurasi has piled up championships at every level and secured her place among the all-time greats. But an "inner insecurity" that she's never good enough keeps driving the 32-year-old, who is as fascinating, riveting and mesmerizing as ever.

    Sep 5 1:10 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Stanford's Inky Ajanaku A Woman With (Almost) Everything

    With her talent, sunny personality and Nigerian background, Inky Ajanaku reminds a lot of people at Stanford of former basketball star Chiney Ogwumike, but she needs a final four appearance to complete the package.

    Sep 4 3:59 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Phoenix vs. Chicago in the Finals: How'd that happen?

    Phoenix is the clear favorite in the WNBA Finals, a championship series with more than its fair share of stars and intriguing matchups. But Chicago wasn't even supposed to be here and has proved it can pull an upset.

    Sep 4 12:18 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Diana Taurasi takes over, leads Mercury to WNBA Finals

    Every star had stepped up. But Diana Taurasi shined the brightest, scoring 13 unanswered points and 31 overall to lead Phoenix past defending champion Minnesota and into the WNBA Finals.

    Sep 3 3:34 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    NCAA Volleyball: 5 Things You Need To Know

    It was a smashing road trip for now-No. 2 Stanford as the NCAA volleyball season got underway. Mechelle Voepel details that and four other things you need to know after the opening weekend.

    Sep 2 3:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • It's all on line for Mercury, Lynx

    After dominating the rest of the league this summer, Phoenix and Minnesota meet for one last time this season with a spot in the WNBA Finals on the line.

    Sep 2 11:18 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mo'ne Davis at WNBA game: A future glimpse?

    Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis attended Sunday's Mercury-Lynx playoff game and said she sees her future in basketball. Her dream is to follow in the footsteps of Lynx star Maya Moore by playing for UConn and, eventually, in the WNBA.

    Sep 1 12:13 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Moore, Lynx rebound to force Game 3

    After being held to a season-low nine points in the series opener, league MVP Maya Moore poured in 32 as Minnesota sent the Western Conference finals back to Phoenix for a decisive game.

    Aug 31 10:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx target solid start in Game 2

    Minnesota fell behind 22-4 at San Antonio but won the clinching game of that West semifinal series 94-89. The Lynx trailed Phoenix 9-0 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Friday and lost 85-71.

    Aug 31 12:18 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • DeWanna Bonner essential on both ends in Mercury win

    DeWanna Bonner not only had colossal success containing MVP Maya Moore but also found her rhythm offensively, netting 16 points as the Mercury controlled the defending champion Lynx in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

    Aug 30 3:45 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    5 Burning Questions For The NCAA Women's Volleyball Season

    Familiar names like Penn State, Texas and Stanford are at the top of the rankings again, but Mechelle Voepel still has plenty of questions as the new volleyball season begins this weekend.

    Aug 28 4:42 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 5 questions for the Western Conference finals

    The Lynx and Mercury dominated the regular season, so the Western Conference finals will really determine the WNBA champion, right? Mechelle Voepel looks at that and four other questions heading into the star-studded series.

    Aug 27 5:39 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • How Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne became Atlanta Dream's worst nightmare

    It was as if Elena Delle Donne just flat-out decided she was not done playing basketball this season. When it was over, she had 34 points, including the game-winner with 8.4 seconds left, to lead the Chicago Sky's improbable comeback against the Atlanta Dream.

    Aug 27 7:35 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Team USA Has So Many Terrific Players, Not Enough Spots

    The U.S. women's basketball team will be favored in the world championship no matter whom it selects, but deciding which superb players to leave off the squad will be brutally difficult, writes Mechelle Voepel.

    Aug 26 5:26 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Angel McCoughtry keeps Atlanta Dream's playoff hopes alive

    Normally, Brittney Griner's dunk would have been the performance of the day in the WNBA. But not when Angel McCoughtry came up so big with the Atlanta Dream's backs against the wall.

    Aug 25 1:10 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Playing career ends, but Becky Hammon is hardly finished

    The Lynx sweep of the San Antonio Stars marked the end of Becky Hammon's 16-year WNBA career. But she's hardly finished with basketball as she prepares for her assistant coaching position with the NBA's Spurs.

    Aug 24 1:08 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel