Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • 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

  • UConn hopes to make return trip to Tampa

    Breanna Stewart (season-high 29 points) and UConn capped the regular season with a win in Tampa on Monday. But the Huskies have their sights set on returning here in a month, two wins away from their 10th title.

    Mar 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Florida State focused on ACC tournament

    If Sunday's matchups are any indication, the ACC tournament should make for entertaining theater.

    Mar 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • From All-American moves to studying movies, Jewell Loyd does it all

    You know her as the frontrunner for national player of the year. But Jewell Loyd is also a film, television and theater major at Notre Dame who loves everything from legendary Mafia movies to SpongeBob.

    Feb 25 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • A win for South Carolina to savor

    With March in sight, there isn't much time to celebrate. But South Carolina should savor Monday's home crowd and victory over Tennessee, its first against the Lady Vols in three years and just the Gamecocks' fourth win in the 51-game series.

    Feb 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Minnesota's Zahui B. named espnW player of the week

    After 66 points and 56 rebounds -- including a Big Ten single-game rebounding record -- in two games, Minnesota sophomore Amanda Zahaui B. nabbed our weekly honor for the second time this season.

    Feb 23 3:20 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    How Broadcasting Pioneer Rhonda Glenn Kept -- And Made -- History

    For years, Rhonda Glenn kept track of key pieces of LPGA history. And now, since her passing last week, it's important to note the history she made herself.

    Feb 17 9:07 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    LPGA History Is Upon Us: Sadena Parks And Cheyenne Woods Have Arrived

    The LPGA has a different feel in 2015 with Cheyenne Woods and Sadena Parks as tour members, just the fifth and sixth African-American women in history. Now, little girls have new faces to look up to and real hope that everyone's dreams can come true.

    Feb 18 9:54 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tennessee loses Harrison (ACL) for season

    Tennessee senior center Isabelle Harrison, the women's basketball team's leading scorer and rebounder, will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ACL.

    Feb 16 4:29 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Defense drives Notre Dame past Duke

    Once again, Notre Dame is in the driver's seat in the ACC. But this time around, gutsy and gritty defense is as responsible as the team's trademark offense.

    Feb 16 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Lauren Hill embodied fighting spirit

    Lauren Hill, 19, died from brain cancer on Friday. But her winning spirit and competitor's courage far eclipsed any championship ever won.

    Apr 10 11:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mulkey, Baylor just taking care of business

    Kim Mulkey isn't worried about whether the NCAA thinks Baylor is a No. 1 seed right now. The young Lady Bears are taking care of business in the Big 12, easily topping the conference standings and riding a 22-game winning streak.

    Feb 12 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn, S. Carolina among projected top seeds

    Connecticut, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee would be the top seeds in the NCAA women's basketball tournament if the season was over.

    Feb 11 9:23 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Gamecocks likely the underdog against UConn despite No. 1 ranking

    Despite South Carolina's No. 1 ranking, the Gamecocks might actually be considered the underdog as they head into UConn territory. That's why having a coach like Dawn Staley to lean on will be so important.

    Feb 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • FSU's Bulgak named espnW player of the week

    After 29 points and 33 rebounds in a pair of Florida State wins, the Seminoles' Adut Bulgak nabbed our weekly honor.

    Feb 9 1:23 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 10 defining moments of Auriemma's career

    You could pick 100 huge moments in Geno Auriemma's career coaching the Huskies. But these 10 were crucial in the development of a program that has become one of the gold standards in all of collegiate athletics.

    Jan 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Drake sophomore Wendell makes quick adjustments

    From laundry to layups, Lizzy Wendell is a quick study. The Drake sophomore, who has eight siblings, ranks eighth in the country in scoring this season and has helped the Bulldogs to a perfect start in the Missouri Valley Conference.

    Jan 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Oregon State's Weisner named espnW player of the week

    After winning an individual battle a week ago and then adding two wins that put Oregon State alone in first place in the Pac-12, the Beavers' Jamie Weisner nabbed our weekly honor.

    Jan 25 10:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Boucek will lead Storm into new era

    Playing in the powerhouse West with two aging stars, first-year Storm head coach Jenny Boucek could see some rocky times ahead. But the longtime WNBA assistant coach -- who is aggressive and innovative and creative -- should be the asset that the Storm really need now.

    Jan 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • No. 1 South Carolina grinds out SEC road win

    No. 1 South Carolina might not have looked like the nation's top-ranked team in grinding out an SEC road win Thursday. But veterans Tiffany Mitchell and Aleighsa Welch made sure the Gamecocks remained unbeaten.

    Jan 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • How one game grew into a phenomenon

    The UConn-Tennessee rivalry -- a face-off of North and South, between a program considered nouveau riche and an established champ, between a Philly-style wisecracking coach and one revered for her trailblazing -- was a sports phenomenon and one of the most important rivalries in women's college basketball history.

    Jan 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Hard work, Hilton magic help Iowa State topple No. 3 Texas

    A little Hilton magic -- how many big wins like this have we seen in Ames, Iowa, over the years? -- and a lot of plain old hard work lifted Iowa State past No. 3 Texas, dropping the Longhorns from the ranks of the unbeaten.

    Jan 10 | By Mechelle Voepel