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: For Smith, half the fun is getting here

    You know how Katie Smith ended Game 5. Now, Mechelle Voepel lets you in on how Smith's story began.

    Sep 12 10:55 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Shock, Monarchs both eyeing second title in Game 5

    To win Game 5 and wrap up its second WNBA title, Detroit's posts must come up big at Joe Louis Arena in what hopefully will be the series' long-anticipated great game.

    Sep 8 9:50 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Can Ford, Snow make lasting impact for U.S. women?

    No one can replace Lisa Leslie. But Team USA additions Cheryl Ford and Michelle Snow have plenty to prove in the upcoming World Championship.

    Sep 8 6:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Detroit crashes Monarchs' party in Game 4

    The Monarchs were counting on ending Wednesday night -- and the WNBA Finals -- with their second straight title. Instead, Detroit crashed the party.

    Sep 7 2:27 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sacramento looks to be even better in Game 4

    Even though they have won two of their WNBA Finals games over Detroit in blowout fashion, the Monarchs know they need to be even sharper in Game 4 tonight.

    Sep 6 11:47 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Detroit must find heart on road at Arco

    A Shock victory Wednesday might be remembered as the toughest road win ever. But after lacking effort in Game 3, can Detroit's leaders step it up in time to extend the WNBA Finals?

    Sep 5 10:16 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Depth continues to be difference for Sacramento

    Sacramento's depth was again the difference Sunday, as eight Monarchs scored at least seven points and the bench combined for 42 points and 12 rebounds.

    Sep 4 12:29 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Leslie pulls self off USA roster for World Championship

    For the first time in 14 years, the U.S. women's basketball team will head into a major competition without center Lisa Leslie as this year's WNBA MVP will miss the World Championship, citing family issues.

    Sep 6 3:04 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sacramento's inside story

    Yolanda Griffith and DeMya Walker have been pivotal performers as Sacramento pursues another ring.

    Sep 3 10:17 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Shock must avoid another slow start in Game 3

    Friday's improbable come-from-behind win notwithstanding, it doesn't seem likely that Detroit will get out of another hole if it starts Game 3 digging one again.

    Sep 2 2:52 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Persistence pays off for Detroit's Nolan, Smith

    Katie Smith and Deanna Nolan know shooters aren't supposed to stop just because the ball, net and rim aren't cooperating. And their persistence paid off with a come-from-behind win Friday to even the WNBA Finals.

    Sep 2 2:24 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Georgia on my mind

    Detroit certainly could use a lift from its Georgia connection in the WNBA Finals, writes Mechelle Voepel.

    Sep 2 2:00 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Can Detroit put drama aside in Game 2?

    Detroit is not the most cohesive unit. When things start to go wrong, the Shock might pull together … or might disintegrate entirely. Trouble is, which team will show up Friday in Game 2?

    Sep 1 2:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Powell powers Monarchs in Game 1 win

    How dominant was Nicole Powell on Wednesday? Good enough to take us back to the days when she was dropping triple-doubles on the Pac-10.

    Aug 31 2:23 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Cash, Shock put in disappointing Game 1 performance

    Anybody would have looked bad against streaking Sacramento in Game 1. But the Shock -- and especially Swin Cash -- were plenty responsible for their own misery, too.

    Aug 31 2:51 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Playoffs to pick up a notch with star-studded Finals

    The playoffs have been so-so in terms of compelling games. But that should change in the WNBA Finals.

    Aug 30 10:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Monarchs happy to have 'old Kara' back

    When the season started, she was battling a mysterious fatigue-inducing illness. But Thursday, Kara Lawson was back in form, helping lead the Monarchs to a Game 1 victory.

    Aug 25 3:03 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: On second thought ...

    She's not one to waffle. But a week into the playoffs, Mechelle Voepel is rethinking her prediction that L.A. and Connecticut will meet in the WNBA Finals.

    Aug 24 11:42 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sacramento's endless summer

    It has been a long, sad, difficult summer in many ways for coach John Whisenant and Sacramento.

    Aug 23 2:22 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: The art of noise

    If your mind wandered during Thursday's openers, it wasn't just because the game wasn't all that pretty. The background noise made for a cacophony of hoops. And as we take a look at what to expect in Game 2, the little voices still haven't stopped.

    Aug 18 8:04 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: The big hurt

    Injuries plagued the league this season more than ever before -- and will continue to affect teams' title hopes.

    Aug 18 2:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Ten years of progress for USA women's hoops

    Over the past 10 years, women's basketball has made more progress than anyone thought possible back in '96.

    Aug 9 11:46 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Biba one of bright spots for Silver Stars this season

    While what has gone wrong for San Antonio this season stands out, it's also worth detailing something that has really gone right: the return of Agnieszka Bibrzycka.

    Aug 4 1:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Repeat no easy feat -- but Monarchs trying

    Winning two straight titles in the WNBA has become a daunting task in recent years. But that's not stopping Sacramento from trying.

    Jul 21 2:44 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel