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: In Tampa, it's UConn's title to lose

    Notre Dame is in its fifth straight Final Four, Maryland is making a return trip and South Carolina its first. But there's still not much to suggest this isn't UConn's championship -- and a potential three-peat -- to lose.

    Mar 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UNC freshman Cherry makes name for herself

    Jamie Cherry's game-winning shot against Ohio State didn't come easy for the North Carolina freshman. Her skills have developed with hard work and a whole lotta extra practices with Tar Heels legend Ivory Latta.

    Mar 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Massengale matures into senior leader for Tennessee

    From overcoming homesickness to being part of the Tennessee transition in which Holly Warlick took over the reins from Pat Summitt, Ariel Massengale has matured into the Lady Vols' senior leader, especially after Isabelle Harrison was lost for the season.

    Mar 18 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Wilson right at home at South Carolina

    Playing for her hometown South Carolina Gamecocks has been a great ride so far for A'ja Wilson, one of the country's top freshmen who is ready to make her NCAA tournament debut.

    Mar 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn the favorite, but 63 other teams must keep believing

    Selection Monday will hold answers and a few surprises, but going in, UConn -- who else? -- is the heavy favorite to win it all in 2015.

    Mar 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Proposed changes good for women's hoops

    Officiating still needs to be better and the level of play must continue to improve at both ends, but the approved changes, including the move to four quarters, should be positive steps.

    Mar 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Committee didn't put together a perfect bracket, but it's close

    The NCAA selection committee didn't put together a perfect bracket. But the group deserves kudos for managing a difficult tightwire act of the seeding versus geography.

    Mar 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Baylor's Davis has knack for being in right place

    People used to knock 5-foot-11 Nina Baylor for her size. But the sophomore, already a two-time MVP of the Big 12 Championship, has proven she has a knack for being where the ball is and has Baylor poised for a deep NCAA tournament run.

    Mar 13 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Bonded by basketball: Sisters love Big 12 tournament

    Geneva Tuttle loved her sisters -- and women's basketball. So attending the Big 12 tournament became an annual tradition for them. Since Tuttle died in 2007, the family has carried on the tradition, with more than half a dozen family members taking in last week's conference tournament.

    Mar 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Ever-steady Sune Agbuke has it all figured out at Baylor

    Sune Agbuke wasn't the MVP on Monday as Baylor won the Big 12 title or the star along the Lady Bears' 30-3 season. But the steady senior is the epitome of the student-athlete who really has it all figured out.

    Mar 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Welch, South Carolina win first SEC tourney title

    In high school, Aleighsa Welch decided to stay close to home and play for South Carolina. On Sunday, she helped lead the Gamecocks to their first SEC tournament title.

    Mar 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tennessee -- who else? -- stands in South Carolina's way in SEC final

    South Carolina is the top seed and playing in its first conference championship game. But to win their first SEC tournament title, the Gamecocks will have to beat 18-time champion Tennessee.

    Mar 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Romero finds right fit at Florida State

    After a controversial transfer, Leticia Romero was supposed to sit out this season at Florida State. Instead, the sophomore guard was granted eligibility in December, and has had an immediate impact on her new team.

    Mar 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn hopes to make return trip to Tampa

    Breanna Stewart (season-high 29 points) and UConn capped the regular season with a win in Tampa on Monday. But the Huskies have their sights set on returning here in a month, two wins away from their 10th title.

    Mar 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Florida State focused on ACC tournament

    If Sunday's matchups are any indication, the ACC tournament should make for entertaining theater.

    Mar 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • From All-American moves to studying movies, Jewell Loyd does it all

    You know her as the frontrunner for national player of the year. But Jewell Loyd is also a film, television and theater major at Notre Dame who loves everything from legendary Mafia movies to SpongeBob.

    Feb 25 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • A win for South Carolina to savor

    With March in sight, there isn't much time to celebrate. But South Carolina should savor Monday's home crowd and victory over Tennessee, its first against the Lady Vols in three years and just the Gamecocks' fourth win in the 51-game series.

    Feb 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

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

    After 66 points and 56 rebounds -- including a Big Ten single-game rebounding record -- in two games, Minnesota sophomore Amanda Zahaui B. nabbed our weekly honor for the second time this season.

    Feb 23 3:20 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    How Broadcasting Pioneer Rhonda Glenn Kept -- And Made -- History

    For years, Rhonda Glenn kept track of key pieces of LPGA history. And now, since her passing last week, it's important to note the history she made herself.

    Feb 17 9:07 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    LPGA History Is Upon Us: Sadena Parks And Cheyenne Woods Have Arrived

    The LPGA has a different feel in 2015 with Cheyenne Woods and Sadena Parks as tour members, just the fifth and sixth African-American women in history. Now, little girls have new faces to look up to and real hope that everyone's dreams can come true.

    Feb 18 9:54 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tennessee loses Harrison (ACL) for season

    Tennessee senior center Isabelle Harrison, the women's basketball team's leading scorer and rebounder, will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ACL.

    Feb 16 4:29 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Defense drives Notre Dame past Duke

    Once again, Notre Dame is in the driver's seat in the ACC. But this time around, gutsy and gritty defense is as responsible as the team's trademark offense.

    Feb 16 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 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