Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined ESPN.com in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • Moore gives Fever boost off bench (and UConn tie)

    Oct 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Phoenix's Taylor expects to play in Game 3

    Oct 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • team effort lead Fever past Mercury Voepel: Tamika and

    Tamika Catchings was a rebound shy of a triple-double Thursday. But as good as she was, the Fever needed a complete team effort to hold off the Mercury and even the WNBA Finals 1-1.

    Oct 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Rookies making big impacts for WNBA Finals teams

    Most rookies just hope for playing time in their first season as a pro. But Indiana and Phoenix each have a rookie who is a key player, and one will win a title to start off her WNBA career.

    Oct 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Only matter of time before Taurasi turns it around

    It's rare for both Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter to struggle in the same game. But that's exactly what happened Thursday ... which is why the Fever are feeling a bit nervous. "They're like a bomb," Katie Douglas said. "They can go off at any time."

    Oct 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • An instant classic Taurasi won't watch again

    Sep 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Buckle up ... Game 2 could be quicker

    Diana Taurasi and Phoenix say faster. Indiana says no problem. Can Thursday's Game 2 of the WNBA Finals possibly be played at a quicker pace than Tuesday's high-scoring shootout?

    Sep 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Game 1 one of WNBA's best ever

    Phoenix and Indiana played one of the best games in WNBA history Tuesday. But the big question now is whether Indiana can recover after coming so close to winning Game 1.

    Sep 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Catchings takes blame for Game 1 loss

    On a night when the WNBA had one of its greatest games … Tamika Catchings didn't.

    Sep 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA Finals breakdown

    How do the Mercury and Fever match up heading into the WNBA Finals, and just who is the predicted winner?

    Sep 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Point guards play pivotal roles for Mercury, Fever

    With all the star power on court in the WNBA Finals, it might be easy to overlook Temeka Johnson and Tully Bevilaqua. But the point guards have played pivotal roles in getting their teams here.

    Sep 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Taurasi finds healing in hoops

    After the biggest stumble of her life, Diana Taurasi turned to the one thing she couldn't live without. And now, the most tumultuous hoops season of her career could end with another title.

    Sep 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Depth and cohesion, not just star power, led Mercury, Fever to finals

    Dynamic duos are the faces of both the Fever and Mercury. But the teams' overall depth and cohesion are what led each into the WNBA Finals.

    Sep 27 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fever finally reach first WNBA Finals

    The future might be uncertain for the Fever franchise. But now, they're headed to their first WNBA Finals after finally solving the Shock roadblock and winning the East finals on Saturday.

    Sep 26 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Mercury dominate Game 3 from start to finish

    In Saturday's decisive Game 3, the Mercury's brisk pace and speed prevailed over the Sparks' pound-it-inside game. And now, Phoenix moves on to try to win the franchise's second WNBA title.

    Sep 26 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Leslie content with decision to retire

    Lisa Leslie's final season fell short of adding a third WNBA championship, and the Sparks legend is content with her decision to retire. Those around her know she'll still impact the game for years to come.

    Sep 26 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Style, pace will determine Game 3 winner

    Game 3 of the West finals Saturday will determine which team advances to the championship series. Whether Phoenix's stars shoot better than they did in Game 2, or L.A.'s defense can hold the Mercury in check for a second straight night, will determine the winner.

    Sep 25 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: It's business as usual for Sparks

    Though every game could be her last, Lisa Leslie and the Sparks are going about their business the same as always. On Friday, that translated to a tough, well-executed win in which everyone played so well that even Leslie's foul trouble ended up being just a footnote.

    Sep 25 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fever, Sparks in must-win situation

    Friday night comes down to this for the Fever and Sparks: win or go home. For Tamika Catchings, that would mean another frustrating end of a season. But for Lisa Leslie, a loss would mark the end of her storied career.

    Sep 24 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Zellous helps Shock foil Fever

    Once again, the Fever face elimination at the hands of the Shock. But Wednesday, Detroit rookie Shavonte Zellous, who has stepped up in Katie Smith's absence, was the one inflicting the damage.

    Sep 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: 'We got Penny Taylor -- and you don't!'

    Diana Taurasi and Candace Parker each had 28 points Wednesday. But even Taurasi probably knows Penny Taylor's presence off the Phoenix bench was bigger than both.

    Sep 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Los Angeles' Quinn living the dream

    Once a fan watching the Sparks, now a woman playing for them, Noelle Quinn is living out her childhood dream.

    Sep 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Detroit's Nolan is the key in the East finals

    Few play bigger in the postseason than Deanna Nolan. Will the Detroit star lead the Shock back to the WNBA Finals, or can Indiana hold her in check enough for its first appearance in the championship series?

    Sep 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: No turning back Taurasi in Game 3

    In the final game of her career, San Antonio's Vickie Johnson put in a superb performance. But for as much as Johnson turned back the clock, there was no turning back Diana Taurasi, who refused to let Phoenix lose.

    Sep 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Familiar foes to meet in East finals

    Indiana has never gotten a chance to play in the WNBA Finals. To get there this summer, the Fever face Detroit, which has eliminated Indiana from the playoffs for three straight years.

    Sep 20 | By Mechelle Voepel