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: Sparks back on track for playoff push

    Riding a five-game win streak, the Sparks are finally playing like the postseason contender we expected to see in L.A. this season.

    Aug 24 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Milton-Jones still wants to be a part of USA Basketball

    Two-time Olympian DeLisha Milton-Jones wasn't among the core eight named to the U.S. women's senior national team. But the 35-year-old hopes she's not done suiting up for USA Basketball.

    Aug 19 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Lyttle does a lot for Dream

    Sancho Lyttle didn't begin playing basketball until she was a high school senior. But her quick ability to learn the game has taken her from the Caribbean to the WNBA.

    Aug 19 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Tough decisions loom for women's USA Basketball team

    In naming eight core players for the next three years, the U.S. women's senior national team answered some questions. But the jigsaw puzzle is only beginning to be pieced together.

    Aug 18 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Laimbeer ready to make jump to NBA

    In seven seasons as a WNBA coach, Bill Laimbeer became so much more than a "Bad Boy." And everything he accomplished in Detroit helped prepare him to start a coaching career in the NBA.

    Aug 13 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Duo leads Chicago Sky high

    In just its fourth season, Chicago might be on the brink of its first playoff appearance, thanks largely to one of the WNBA's most promising post duos, Candice Dupree and Sylvia Fowles.

    Aug 10 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Indiana wins possible WNBA Finals preview

    Aug 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: New season, new struggles for Shock, Liberty

    Last season, Detroit and New York clashed in the East finals. Now? They're both well below .500 and getting used to new coaches. At least one of them will walk away with a win on Tuesday.

    Aug 3 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Taurasi, Pondexter carry Phoenix back to top of West

    Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter want this season to be more like 2007 -- when they won the WNBA title -- than 2008, when they didn't even make the playoffs.

    Jul 27 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn steals spotlight at WNBA All-Star Game

    Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game turned into a celebration of all things UConn.

    Jul 25 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Players take league to higher level in 2009

    One look at the talent at Friday's All-Star practice and it's easy to see the WNBA is stronger this season.

    Jul 24 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Economic climate challenges already frugal WNBA

    Like most businesses in these difficult economic times, the WNBA has been forced to cut costs and make changes. But, especially because extravagance has never been part of the WNBA, the league continues to grow despite the financial climate.

    Jul 24 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Catchings older and wiser -- and as strong as ever

    Whether giving some rare advice to Pat Summitt or trying to lead Indiana to its first WNBA title, Tamika Catchings goes all out all the time. No wonder she was the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game.

    Jul 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: League's best to meet at Mohegan Sun

    The WNBA All-Star Game will be showcase of the league's best players -- who aren't hobbled, still getting back in form after giving birth, or out for the season with something torn or ruptured.

    Jul 20 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: After extreme DUI charge, Taurasi is no All-Star

    She leads the league in scoring. But after an extreme DUI charge, there's no way Diana Taurasi should be an All-Star. In fact, the WNBA should take as harsh a stance as its guidelines allow in terms of a punishment.

    Jul 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Firing Boucek is a move to boo

    Coaches come and go. But all things considered, it seems Sacramento is undeservedly pulling the plug on coach Jenny Boucek, who was fired Sunday after the Monarchs' 3-10 start.

    Jul 13 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sun try to get back on track

    The Sun entered the season as WNBA Finals contenders. But offensive woes have saddled Connecticut with a 5-6 start.

    Jul 13 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: The start of something good?

    It's not the winning streak the league is buzzing about. But after a 1-8 start, Sacramento has won two straight and finally seems to be on the right track this season.

    Jul 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fever shine on for eighth straight win

    On June 9, the Fever lost Yolanda Griffith for the season and saw Katie Douglas suffer a black eye. Who would have thought they'd win that night to start a franchise-record eight-game win streak?

    Jul 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Mercury spoil Parker's season debut

    Candace Parker lived up to her prediction to return from maternity leave in early July. But the Mercury emerged as the winners Sunday as Parker made her season debut for L.A.

    Jul 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Lynx persevere despite losing Augustus

    Just when it seemed all the bad mojo Minnesota has endured was finally lifting, star Seimone Augustus was lost for the season. But the Lynx have stayed on track so far.

    Jun 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: ACC reunion paying off for Mystics

    Some of the best players in ACC history are together again on the Mystics. And that familiarity has been a big factor in Washington's 4-1 start.

    Jun 25 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Record doesn't match San Antonio's talent

    So far, we haven't seen a very cohesive San Antonio unit this season. But the Silver Stars have personalities that seem to mesh well.

    Jun 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 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