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.
  • Voepel: Auriemma's streak speak

    Geno Auriemma knows that a vast majority hope UConn's winning streak -- currently at 55 games -- ends sooner rather than later. And that's just how he likes it -- having a target on his back rather than shooting for a target.

    Jan 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Griner already a game-changer

    Brittney Griner has physical skills that, frankly, are unprecedented in our sport, and there's no doubt she'll change the game. Someday we'll know where she stands among the best players ever, but don't forget she's just a freshman.

    Jan 14 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Meier making most of bunch at Miami

    Ranked for the first time in six years, and fresh off their first win over a top-15 foe in 18 seasons, Katie Meier and Miami (13-2) are hoping to become an ACC and national power.

    Jan 13 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Lynx-Sun trade a win-win

    Tuesday's WNBA trade returns Lindsay Whalen to her native state of Minnesota and Renee Montgomery to the state she played college ball. Call it the "coming home" trade. And call it a smart move for both teams.

    Jan 13 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Riley, McCray put on show in Cowgirls' win

    Jan 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Wright nets milestone, but Maryland wins

    Jan 11 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Not the Big 12 opener Kansas had envisioned

    Jan 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Irish shift focus to Big East play

    After wrapping up the nonconference season unbeaten, Muffet McGraw says the real season begins with Big East play, including a sold-out, GameDay date with No. 1 UConn on Jan. 16.

    Jan 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Caldwell carries UCLA to 2-0 conference start

    Jan 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Summer job gives Xavier new perspective

    After a summertime coaching stint, senior April Phillips and junior Special Jennings are able to see things from a different perspective this season.

    Jan 6 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Big 12 preview

    With the most dynamic freshman in the country, one of the remaining undefeated teams and the usual collection of NCAA tournament hopefuls, the Big 12 could be the most interesting conference this season.

    Jan 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Big Ten preview

    Will Michigan State really contend with Ohio State? An early indication will be their Jan. 9 meeting.

    Jan 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: SEC preview

    Georgia -- not Tennessee -- went undefeated in nonconference play, but the Lady Vols look to have the edge as SEC competition got under way.

    Jan 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: ACC preview

    Prior to this season, North Carolina was expected to be the ACC favorite. But with the Tar Heels' Jessica Breland out as she continues her battle against cancer, Duke looks to be the league favorite.

    Jan 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Boyle, Bears prepare for Stanford

    Jan 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Ryan still going strong at UVa 33 seasons later

    Since taking over in 1977, Virginia coach Debbie Ryan has overcome pancreatic cancer and changed along with the ever-evolving game and its players. But nothing has ever gotten in the way of Ryan's aiding in the development of young people.

    Jan 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Neuvirth helps carry Creighton

    After winning eight state titles in high school, Megan Neuvirth knows what it's like to be a winner. And she's helping carve the same niche at Creighton.

    Dec 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Harper quickly finds a home with Wolfpack

    While working to take NC State in a new direction, first-year coach Kellie Harper also knows that honoring everything Kay Yow accomplished in more than three decades is just as important to rebuilding the Wolfpack.

    Dec 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Gilbreath, Gemelos persevere through knee injuries

    While a tale about two young women who've yet to play a college basketball game because of eight combined ACL injuries might not seem like happy holiday fare, consider that actually … it is. Because their perseverance is quite inspiring.

    Dec 24 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Cardinal come away with a few lessons

    There's no arguing that UConn was just flat-out better than Stanford on Wednesday. But the Cardinal can take a few positive things away from the game.

    Dec 23 | By Mechelle Voepel