Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • Phoenix vs. Chicago in the Finals: How'd that happen?

    Phoenix is the clear favorite in the WNBA Finals, a championship series with more than its fair share of stars and intriguing matchups. But Chicago wasn't even supposed to be here and has proved it can pull an upset.

    Sep 4 12:18 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Diana Taurasi takes over, leads Mercury to WNBA Finals

    Every star had stepped up. But Diana Taurasi shined the brightest, scoring 13 unanswered points and 31 overall to lead Phoenix past defending champion Minnesota and into the WNBA Finals.

    Sep 3 3:34 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    NCAA Volleyball: 5 Things You Need To Know

    It was a smashing road trip for now-No. 2 Stanford as the NCAA volleyball season got underway. Mechelle Voepel details that and four other things you need to know after the opening weekend.

    Sep 2 3:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • It's all on line for Mercury, Lynx

    After dominating the rest of the league this summer, Phoenix and Minnesota meet for one last time this season with a spot in the WNBA Finals on the line.

    Sep 2 11:18 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mo'ne Davis at WNBA game: A future glimpse?

    Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis attended Sunday's Mercury-Lynx playoff game and said she sees her future in basketball. Her dream is to follow in the footsteps of Lynx star Maya Moore by playing for UConn and, eventually, in the WNBA.

    Sep 1 12:13 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Moore, Lynx rebound to force Game 3

    After being held to a season-low nine points in the series opener, league MVP Maya Moore poured in 32 as Minnesota sent the Western Conference finals back to Phoenix for a decisive game.

    Aug 31 10:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx target solid start in Game 2

    Minnesota fell behind 22-4 at San Antonio but won the clinching game of that West semifinal series 94-89. The Lynx trailed Phoenix 9-0 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Friday and lost 85-71.

    Aug 31 12:18 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • DeWanna Bonner essential on both ends in Mercury win

    DeWanna Bonner not only had colossal success containing MVP Maya Moore but also found her rhythm offensively, netting 16 points as the Mercury controlled the defending champion Lynx in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

    Aug 30 3:45 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    5 Burning Questions For The NCAA Women's Volleyball Season

    Familiar names like Penn State, Texas and Stanford are at the top of the rankings again, but Mechelle Voepel still has plenty of questions as the new volleyball season begins this weekend.

    Aug 28 4:42 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 5 questions for the Western Conference finals

    The Lynx and Mercury dominated the regular season, so the Western Conference finals will really determine the WNBA champion, right? Mechelle Voepel looks at that and four other questions heading into the star-studded series.

    Aug 27 5:39 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • How Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne became Atlanta Dream's worst nightmare

    It was as if Elena Delle Donne just flat-out decided she was not done playing basketball this season. When it was over, she had 34 points, including the game-winner with 8.4 seconds left, to lead the Chicago Sky's improbable comeback against the Atlanta Dream.

    Aug 27 7:35 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Team USA Has So Many Terrific Players, Not Enough Spots

    The U.S. women's basketball team will be favored in the world championship no matter whom it selects, but deciding which superb players to leave off the squad will be brutally difficult, writes Mechelle Voepel.

    Aug 26 5:26 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Angel McCoughtry keeps Atlanta Dream's playoff hopes alive

    Normally, Brittney Griner's dunk would have been the performance of the day in the WNBA. But not when Angel McCoughtry came up so big with the Atlanta Dream's backs against the wall.

    Aug 25 1:10 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Playing career ends, but Becky Hammon is hardly finished

    The Lynx sweep of the San Antonio Stars marked the end of Becky Hammon's 16-year WNBA career. But she's hardly finished with basketball as she prepares for her assistant coaching position with the NBA's Spurs.

    Aug 24 1:08 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • For one Elena Delle Donne fan, it's gotta be the shoes

    What happens when a young fan's favorite player shows up to take on her favorite team? A moment -- and a piece of memorabilia -- 11-year-old Haley Paulson will never forget.

    Aug 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Veterans lead Chicago Sky to first playoff win, upset of East's top seed

    It took nine seasons to happen, but on Friday, the Sky finally notched the franchise's first WNBA playoff victory.

    Aug 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Storm win WNBA draft lottery, No. 1 pick

    The Seattle Storm got the top pick in the league's draft lottery on Thursday. The No. 2 pick went to Tulsa, and Connecticut got the Nos. 3 and 4 picks.

    Aug 21 10:14 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx star Moore honored with 1st MVP award

    Add another big honor to Maya Moore's very full trophy case. The Minnesota Lynx forward has won her first WNBA regular-season MVP award, the league announced Thursday.

    Aug 21 10:25 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA lottery set for halftime of Mystics-Fever

    The No. 1 pick in the 2015 WNBA draft will go to Seattle, Tulsa, or Connecticut. Thursday, we will find out who gets to make that selection next April.

    Aug 19 8:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Catchings' fundamentals propel Fever

    Tamika Catchings is not only a reliable rebounder, but is absolutely clutch from the free-throw line going 14 of 14 in the Fever win against the Mystics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals

    Aug 19 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA playoff X factors, predictions

    Who's hot and who's not of the eight teams headed to the WNBA playoffs? Might there be an upset or two brewing? Mechelle Voepel breaks down each series of the conference semifinals.

    Aug 19 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • MVP candidates Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi have had seasons to savor

    The individual brilliance of leading MVP candidates Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi has been the WNBA's most compelling subplot of 2014, writes Mechelle Voepel.

    Aug 14 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: Lexi Thompson a pressure player

    A major championship brings added pressure and larger crowds - an atmosphere Lexi Thompson thrives in. With one major under her belt, her confidence is high for this week's LPGA Championship.

    Aug 12 12:55 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

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    Voepel: Unfortunate timing for Wie, LPGA

    While it means there's not much more opportunity for American crowds to see Michelle Wie in 2014, she decided not to push it and announced she'll miss the next three to five weeks -- and one or both remaining majors -- with a hand injury.

    Aug 9 10:51 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Wie to miss up to 5 weeks with finger injury

    Michelle Wie will not be playing in the LPGA Championship and said she will be out three to five weeks due to a finger injury.

    Aug 9 10:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel