Michelle Smith Archive

Michelle Smith

Contributor, espnW.com
Michelle Smith has covered pro and college sports for AOL Fanhouse, the San Francisco Chronicle and now espnW. She's also the founder of leftcoasthoops.com, which covers women's basketball on the West Coast.
  • Ruth Riley helps break down myths about food stamp programs

    Ruth Riley knows firsthand how much the food stamp program benefits families who need it. Breaking down the stigma and helping people be comfortable talking about it is just as vital.

    Nov 25 12:19 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Wooden Award winner Stewart tops list again

    University of Connecticut senior Breanna Stewart leads the list of 30 best players in the country. She has won three national championships with UConn.

    Nov 17 1:09 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Tougher, more consistent Arizona State ready for new season

    What's the key to Arizona State improving on 2015's Sweet 16 appearance? Being tough enough down the stretch to do the little things that win big games. The Sun Devils say bring it on.

    Nov 17 | By Michelle Smith

  • Fresh off first Final Four, South Carolina aims even higher

    Is it harder to get to your first Final Four, or is it harder to get back? Second-ranked South Carolina, which lost by one point in last season's national semifinals, is about to find out.

    Nov 5 | By Michelle Smith

  • Richie stepping down as president of WNBA

    Laurel Richie is stepping down as president of the WNBA, a post she had held beginning in 2011. A search for her replacement will begin immediately.

    Nov 5 4:19 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • NBA's Silver: 'We are 100 percent committed' to the WNBA

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Laurel Richie stepping down as WNBA president was her decision, and that it offers the league an opportunity to "reset" heading into its landmark 20th season.

    Nov 4 10:04 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Pac-12 preview: Beavers are new preseason favorite

    The winds of change are blowing strong through the Pac-12. For the first time in 16 years, Stanford was not picked to win the league title. Instead, Oregon State was tabbed as the preseason pick.

    Nov 4 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: WNBA + pop culture = winning offseason marketing strategy

    Wouldn't it be great to see Swin Cash in the ballroom or the Ogwumikes bringing Nerd Nation back to life? Michelle Smith has some ideas on how the WNBA can win the marketing game this offseason.

    Oct 20 2:18 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Turnovers too costly for Indiana to overcome

    The Indiana team that had been perfect in elimination games this postseason was far from it Wednesday. The Fever committed 21 turnovers and struggled to score as Minnesota won the WNBA title.

    Oct 15 4:18 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Fever coach says Catchings 'disrespected' in Game 2 loss

    Stephanie White said the officials cost Indiana a chance to win. Tamika Catchings, plagued by foul trouble, called it a missed opportunity. Minnesota's win Tuesday just left the Fever frustrated.

    Oct 7 11:15 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Lynx need Whalen back on track

    Coach Cheryl Reeve shouldered some blame for Lindsay Whalen's lack of offensive productivity in these playoffs, noting that the addition of Sylvia Fowles has boosted emphasis on scoring inside.

    Oct 5 9:21 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Lynx need more than Moore, Fowles

    Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve pulled no punches about the fact her team needs more from veteran captains Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen, who combined for 13 points Sunday.

    Oct 4 9:43 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Dream comes true for Cruz as Lynx head to WNBA Finals

    She's only in her second season in the league, but 28-year-old point guard Anna Cruz already has played a bigger role than expected in Minnesota's run to the WNBA Finals.

    Oct 1 1:16 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • WNBA admission can't rewrite controversial finish

    The WNBA on Monday acknowledged that the foul that helped decide Game 2 of the West finals should have been a no-call. It was the right thing to do, but sadly, the error was costly for Phoenix.

    Sep 28 6:41 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Too much Moore carries Lynx to Finals

    Maya Moore not only had 40 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, she came up with key plays down the stretch to sweep the Mercury and send the Lynx back to the WNBA Finals.

    Sep 27 11:42 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Mercury need to rebound to stay alive

    The Phoenix Mercury will need to rebound from their Game 1 loss as they return home with their backs against the wall in the Western Conference finals.

    Sep 26 3:28 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • It's Brunson who sets tone for Minnesota

    The pregame talk was all about the Brittney Griner-Sylvia Fowles matchup, but it was Rebekkah Brunson who commanded attention in a grind-it-out Game 1 victory for Minnesota.

    Sep 25 1:16 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Fowles ready to battle against Griner

    The duel between 6-foot-6 Sylvia Fowles and 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner will be the marquee matchup in the Western Conference finals.

    Sep 23 11:31 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • West Finals preview: Why Minnesota will oust defending champ Phoenix

    Minnesota and Phoenix meet with a trip to the WNBA Finals on the line for the third consecutive season. The Lynx, coming off a balanced and complete performance Tuesday, have the upper hand.

    Sep 23 6:58 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • 'Vintage Lynx basketball' moves Minnesota past L.A.

    It was the kind of win Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve has been waiting for all year: Maya Moore had plenty of help -- five players hit double figures -- as Minnesota eliminated Los Angeles in the West.

    Sep 23 3:40 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Parker puts Sparks on her back in Game 2 win

    Facing elimination, in a gym they hadn't seen all season, against a No. 1 seed? It wasn't exactly an ideal situation for the Sparks. But it's also one they overcame, thanks to Candace Parker.

    Sep 20 10:21 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Mercury rout Shock behind Griner's block party

    After accepting the defensive player of the year award, Brittney Griner said she wants "to get better and I want to win." The center was at her best Thursday, blocking 11 shots in Game 1.

    Sep 18 2:17 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Liberty's Laimbeer named WNBA's coach of year

    Bill Laimbeer, who went from being fired last fall to leading the New York Liberty to the best record in the WNBA for the first time in franchise history, was named the WNBA's Coach of the Year.

    Sep 17 9:56 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Mercury ready to face Shock in first round

    Phoenix knows it's not the favorite to repeat as the WNBA champion. But the Mercury are riding some momentum into the playoffs and have home-court advantage in the first round.

    Sep 16 1:54 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Leslie still one of a kind

    Lisa Leslie, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this week, was an unstoppable center who thrived under pressure. There hasn't been anyone like her since.

    Sep 9 10:17 AM ET | By Michelle Smith