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: Some early WNBA observations

    Losing records for L.A. and Detroit? Washington and Chicago on top in the East? A coach quits and a career already capped? It has been that jam-packed of a fortnight for the WNBA.

    Jun 19 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Ever-respected Laimbeer will be missed

    Bill Laimbeer's stepping down as Detroit's coach three games into the season won't be a popular move for WNBA fans. But because of all he gave to the league, Laimbeer has earned the right to do whatever he wants.

    Jun 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Teasley back, leading revamped Dream

    After skipping last season while on maternity leave, Nikki Teasley has returned to the WNBA and is part of the revamped Dream eager to put last season's 4-30 mark behind them.

    Jun 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Jackson should have plenty of help in Seattle

    Lauren Jackson will continue to carry the majority of the load in Seattle. But the rest of the roster must also step up for the Storm to be successful.

    Jun 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Super Sparks down depleted Detroit

    Jun 6 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Defending champ Shock still on top

    The defending WNBA champion Detroit Shock are one of the favorites again this season, and ready for all comers.

    Jun 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: LJ happy, healthy, ready to lead Storm

    Lauren Jackson is back in Seattle, older, wiser and ready to take aim at another WNBA title.

    Jun 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sparks take aim at title No. 3

    Loaded with talent, the Sparks are one of the favorites when the WNBA season tips off Saturday.

    Jun 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: What a season we should be in for in WNBA

    Some of the best players the WNBA has ever seen are preparing for what likely will be their final season in the league. So enjoy them -- and a collection of talent we might not see again -- while you can.

    Jun 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Minnesota relying on fountain of youth

    Minnesota's roster this summer is actually younger than last year's team. But even without a lot of veterans, the talented group could go far.

    Jun 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Roster cuts weigh heavy as season nears

    As the 13 WNBA rosters are trimmed to 11 spots, some very good, skilled and hardworking players are going to get the ax.

    May 26 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: High expectations face Jolly Harper at NC State

    Kellie Jolly Harper might not have been Kay Yow's choice to follow in her footsteps, but the former Lady Vols star brings a lot of positives to NC State.

    Apr 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Auriemma the right choice for USA Basketball

    As UConn's coach, Geno Auriemma faces high expectations year-round. Which is why he is perfectly suited to take over the U.S. women's basketball team -- and long due the honor.

    Apr 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: 2009 WNBA draft quiz

    Nobody ever really knows on draft day how each team's picks are going to pan out. But there are no wrong answers here.

    Apr 10 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Dream have plenty of potential, but ...

    In selecting Angel McCoughtry with the No. 1 pick Thursday, the Dream added yet another talented player. But has Atlanta left too much to chance with its mix of personalities?

    Apr 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Who might go first overall in Thursday's WNBA draft?

    The college season has come to an end. And for seniors, it means shifting attention toward Thursday's WNBA draft and who might go first overall.

    Apr 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Moore's offense, defense, deference help Huskies win

    Maya Moore's greatest achievement in UConn's perfect season was neither her offense nor her defense. It was her deference in letting it be senior point guard Renee Montgomery's team.

    Apr 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Recapping perfection

    Counting UConn's win Tuesday to cap a 39-0 season, five teams have run the table. A look back at each of their seasons.

    Apr 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 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 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: 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 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: 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