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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yolanda Griffith and DeMya Walker have been pivotal performers as Sacramento pursues another ring.
Sep 3 10:17 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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