Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • Laimbeer, Liberty ready to start next chapter

    Bill Laimbeer, let go last year but then hired back, will try to return New York to the playoffs after missing the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time since the WNBA's inception.

    Apr 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Storm earn top mark in draft grades

    Seattle, Tulsa, New York and Connecticut scored A grades in Thursday's WNBA draft, while four others earned C marks.

    Apr 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Q&A with WNBA president Laurel Richie

    WNBA president Laurel Richie sat down with Mechelle Voepel on Thursday before the WNBA draft to tackle 10 questions.

    Apr 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Loyd's 'chance' pays off with top pick

    Jewell Loyd's decision to leave Notre Dame early was scrutinized by some and applauded by others. But the plan worked to perfection for the underclassman, who was drafted first overall Thursday.

    Apr 16 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Big draft-day decisions await Storm, Shock

    After sharing last place in the West last season, Seattle and Tulsa have a chance to add potentially transformative players such as Jewell Loyd and Amanda Zahui B. in Thursday's WNBA draft.

    Apr 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • It's three titles for UConn's Stewart -- and counting

    Breanna Stewart didn't take over the title game like in recent seasons. But with three championships in three years -- and as many Most Outstanding Player awards -- she has reached rarefied air.

    Apr 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mosqueda-Lewis makes big impact in final game

    Notre Dame was within six points with five minutes to play when UConn senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis nailed a backbreaking 3-pointer. "That was the game," Irish coach Muffet McGraw said.

    Apr 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Irish 'so much tougher' since loss to UConn

    Even Notre Dame acknowledges it's an underdog vs. UConn. No team in the past five years has won more big games and not won a title. But here's why this year might be different.

    Apr 6 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • On verge of history, Auriemma recounts past

    One day before taking aim at a historic 10th title, Geno Auriemma was reflective and reminiscent -- and ready to let UConn's achievements stand on their own.

    Apr 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn's Tuck making most of return to court

    Forced to redshirt during UConn's 2014 title run, sophomore forward Morgan Tuck has helped turn the Huskies' offense into a "you-can't-stop-all-five-of-us" attack this season.

    Apr 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Huskies, Irish set up title game rematch

    For the second year in a row, it's Notre Dame vs. UConn -- two teams that don't like each other much but continue to set the bar in women's basketball -- in the title game.

    Apr 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn star Stewart wins Wade Trophy award

    UConn junior Breanna Stewart added a little more hardware to her collection Saturday, winning the Wade Trophy, honoring the nation's top player. She also was named to the WBCA All-America team.

    Apr 4 4:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: In Tampa, it's UConn's title to lose

    Notre Dame is in its fifth straight Final Four, Maryland is making a return trip and South Carolina its first. But there's still not much to suggest this isn't UConn's championship -- and a potential three-peat -- to lose.

    Mar 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UNC freshman Cherry makes name for herself

    Jamie Cherry's game-winning shot against Ohio State didn't come easy for the North Carolina freshman. Her skills have developed with hard work and a whole lotta extra practices with Tar Heels legend Ivory Latta.

    Mar 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Massengale matures into senior leader for Tennessee

    From overcoming homesickness to being part of the Tennessee transition in which Holly Warlick took over the reins from Pat Summitt, Ariel Massengale has matured into the Lady Vols' senior leader, especially after Isabelle Harrison was lost for the season.

    Mar 18 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Wilson right at home at South Carolina

    Playing for her hometown South Carolina Gamecocks has been a great ride so far for A'ja Wilson, one of the country's top freshmen who is ready to make her NCAA tournament debut.

    Mar 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Committee didn't put together a perfect bracket, but it's close

    The NCAA selection committee didn't put together a perfect bracket. But the group deserves kudos for managing a difficult tightwire act of the seeding versus geography.

    Mar 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn the favorite, but 63 other teams must keep believing

    Selection Monday will hold answers and a few surprises, but going in, UConn -- who else? -- is the heavy favorite to win it all in 2015.

    Mar 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Proposed changes good for women's hoops

    Officiating still needs to be better and the level of play must continue to improve at both ends, but the approved changes, including the move to four quarters, should be positive steps.

    Mar 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Baylor's Davis has knack for being in right place

    People used to knock 5-foot-11 Nina Baylor for her size. But the sophomore, already a two-time MVP of the Big 12 Championship, has proven she has a knack for being where the ball is and has Baylor poised for a deep NCAA tournament run.

    Mar 13 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Bonded by basketball: Sisters love Big 12 tournament

    Geneva Tuttle loved her sisters -- and women's basketball. So attending the Big 12 tournament became an annual tradition for them. Since Tuttle died in 2007, the family has carried on the tradition, with more than half a dozen family members taking in last week's conference tournament.

    Mar 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Ever-steady Sune Agbuke has it all figured out at Baylor

    Sune Agbuke wasn't the MVP on Monday as Baylor won the Big 12 title or the star along the Lady Bears' 30-3 season. But the steady senior is the epitome of the student-athlete who really has it all figured out.

    Mar 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Welch, South Carolina win first SEC tourney title

    In high school, Aleighsa Welch decided to stay close to home and play for South Carolina. On Sunday, she helped lead the Gamecocks to their first SEC tournament title.

    Mar 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tennessee -- who else? -- stands in South Carolina's way in SEC final

    South Carolina is the top seed and playing in its first conference championship game. But to win their first SEC tournament title, the Gamecocks will have to beat 18-time champion Tennessee.

    Mar 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Romero finds right fit at Florida State

    After a controversial transfer, Leticia Romero was supposed to sit out this season at Florida State. Instead, the sophomore guard was granted eligibility in December, and has had an immediate impact on her new team.

    Mar 4 | By Mechelle Voepel