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: Sooners bid farewell to Paris twins

    Ultimately, Courtney Paris fell short of helping OU win its first NCAA title. But she and twin sister Ashley left their mark and lifted the program to its best season in seven years.

    Apr 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn's Charles ready to rise to occasion

    Geno Auriemma has said all along that Tina Charles' consistent play in the post might be the key to UConn's sixth NCAA title. Charles is ready to answer the call.

    Apr 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Paris so much more than a promise

    Her promise to pay back her $64,000 scholarship was more devotional pledge than cocky guarantee -- and a perfect example of who the real Courtney Paris is.

    Apr 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stanford-UConn redux about much more than revenge

    A year ago, Stanford beat UConn on this very stage. But don't think their Final Four rematch is about revenge. Both teams have changed a lot in the past 12 months, and both teams have plenty to prove.

    Apr 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Oklahoma's helping Hand

    Whitney Hand's positive personality and potent 3-pointers often relax Oklahoma. And that's just what the Sooners need at the pressure-packed Final Four.

    Apr 3 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Reunited ... and it feels so good

    After sharing the court as counselors at a basketball summer camp, Jayne Appel, Angel McCoughtry, Renee Montgomery and Courtney Paris will share the spotlight in St. Louis at the Final Four.

    Apr 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Paris, Sooners take step closer to goal

    All Courtney Paris has ever wanted is to lead Oklahoma to a national title. With a lot of help from her teammates Tuesday, the Sooners took a step closer to that goal, advancing past Purdue and into OU's second Final Four.

    Mar 31 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Coleman, Toliver come up short in senior season

    Though Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver fell short of another Final Four, the seniors will be remembered for re-establishing a winning tradition at Maryland.

    Mar 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Seeds aside, the better team won in Raleigh

    No. 3 seed Louisville toppled 1-seed Maryland on Monday to reach its first Final Four. But instead of feeling like an upset, the better team won thanks to stars who rose to the occasion and a bench that came through when it mattered.

    Mar 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Oklahoma City offers sweet experience

    There will be no shortage of fans in Oklahoma City on Sunday. The women's Sweet 16 lineup includes the hometown Sooners, and the crowd should be riled up following the OU men's Elite Eight game.

    Mar 29 11:34 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: All that matters now is one more win

    The march to the Arch is nearly complete. The Final Four is about to take shape. And one more win is all that matters ... until we reach St. Louis.

    Mar 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Paths finally cross for Coleman, McCoughtry

    If life had taken a different route, Maryland natives Marissa Coleman and Angel McCoughtry might have been college teammates. But Monday, Coleman's Terps and McCoughtry's Cardinals clash in the Elite Eight.

    Mar 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Coleman carries Terps past Vandy

    It's sometimes said there are players who simply won't let their teams lose. Saturday, Marissa Coleman was exactly that kind of player, scoring 42 points as Maryland overcame an 18-point deficit to beat fourth-seeded Vanderbilt.

    Mar 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Defense leads Louisville into Elite Eight

    An incredible defensive effort from Louisville, combined with a poor shooting night from Baylor, led the Cardinals into their first Elite Eight.

    Mar 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Same venue, new story lines for Raleigh's semis

    Dynamic duos, the next generation of coaches and even a lost legend are alive and well in Raleigh on the eve of the regional's semifinals at the RBC Center.

    Mar 27 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Inkster has seen, done it all

    Juli Inkster has won 31 LPGA titles, seven of them majors, and more than $12.5 million in prize money. She'll turn 49 in June and has two teenaged daughters. The sage of the LPGA Tour also has some advice for the youngsters.

    Mar 25 5:25 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sweet 16 preview

    The Sweet 16 field is set. Four teams from both the Big East and Big 12 led the way. But all eyes remain on UConn and its undefeated run.

    Mar 24 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Spartans get last word over Duke, McCallie

    Duke has had its ups and downs and didn't play its best in Tuesday's upset. But a flawed system that put a top seed on its opponent's home court in the second round didn't help, either.

    Mar 24 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • All four No. 1 seeds win big Sunday

    Mar 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Wrapping up Sunday's early games

    Mar 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Ball State's upset is tourney's biggest ever

    Ball State crushed the Lady Vols in the first round for the most historic upset ever in women's hoops.

    Mar 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Women's NCAA tournament blog

    Mar 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: What a tourney we're in for

    UConn's perfect record is overshadowing the fact that this might be one of the most exciting and unpredictable (save for all of UConn's games) tourneys we've had in a long time.

    Mar 19 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: With help from teammates, Medlock is slowly moving on

    On the court, you win and lose with your teammates. But after losing her mother in December, Baylor junior Morghan Medlock has learned that teammates can help you get through anything.

    Mar 19 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: What lies ahead for UConn?

    UConn still really doesn't look like it can be stopped, but there could be some challenges, speed bumps and road blocks along the way.

    Mar 17 | By Mechelle Voepel