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: Oh Holy Husky Trinity

    Tuesday's win gives UConn three of the five unbeaten Division I women's teams in history. But which is the best perfect squad ever?

    Apr 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn one win shy of a perfect season

    As soon as UConn returned from its loss in Tampa at least year's Final Four, the Huskies met and began building toward Tuesday, when one victory will wrap up the fifth perfect season in Division I women's history.

    Apr 6 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Teams insist final isn't a foregone conclusion

    Past history (and two routs) indicate UConn might clobber Louisville again Tuesday when they play for the NCAA title. But don't tell the players or coaches involved that it's a done deal.

    Apr 6 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn back on top, Auriemma back in spotlight

    Geno Auriemma is back in the spotlight in St. Louis, wise-cracking about race, the West Coast and even his players. But whether Auriemma's Huskies finish on top, the coach is always at the top of his profession.

    Apr 6 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 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: Louisville comes together

    In its first Women's Final Four, Louisville looked like a different team -- in a bad way. The Cardinals seemed down and out against Oklahoma, but a second-half comeback led them all the way to their first championship game.

    Apr 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Louisville looking for one last upset in Tuesday's final

    Is beating a perfect opponent Louisville has lost to twice this season by an average of 33.5 points too much to ask? Maybe not. These Cardinals have toppled top seeds and overcome the odds throughout this NCAA tournament.

    Apr 5 | 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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

  • 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

  • All four No. 1 seeds win big Sunday

    Mar 22 | By Mechelle Voepel