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.
  • Smith: Refocused Liberty make playoff push

    After a dismal first half of the season, the refocused and healthier New York Liberty hope to turn things around and reach the playoffs.

    Aug 23 3:50 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: UConn's Doty finds kindred spirit in Ralph

    Few people can understand the injuries UConn guard Caroline Doty has endured, but Huskies assistant Shea Ralph is one of them. The two have formed a strong bond over weak knees.

    Aug 21 5:04 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Storm look forward to Jackson's return

    After playing the first half of the season without its three-time WNBA MVP, Seattle looks forward to the return of Lauren Jackson.

    Aug 20 11:14 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: WNBA's Lynx spicing up downtime

    The WNBA's Lynx have gotten creative during the Olympic break, adding workouts ranging from yoga and Zumba to paddleboarding on the Mississippi.

    Aug 8 4:31 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • College Sports

    Smith: Murphy-Stephans is breaking new ground in Pac-12

    In the world of sports television, Lydia Murphy-Stephans is often the only woman in the room. That doesn't intimidate the 19-time Emmy winner as she prepares to launch Pac-12 Network next month.

    Jul 17 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Nneka Ogwumike's transition to pros is seamless

    Nneka Ogwumike has made the transition from college to the pros look easy. Just the Spark that Los Angeles needed.

    Jul 14 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Lynx drop back-to-back game

    Seimone Augustus has high expectations for the Lynx to repeat as WNBA champs this season despite a tough 96-90 loss to the Sparks.

    Jul 13 10:23 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Moment gets the best of Raisman

    Aly Raisman was confident she would make the Olympic gymnastics team, but said she was "way more" emotional than she thought she would be when the moment came.

    Jul 2 3:14 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Now it's a waiting game for Jake Dalton

    Jake Dalton did what he could to make his case for the Olympic team with solid performances on vault and floor. He will find out Sunday if it was enough.

    Jul 1 1:42 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Olympic hopes slip away for Liukin

    The 2008 Olympic all-around champion's comeback attempt fizzled when she fell on the uneven bars and bobbled on the beam. It likely closed the door on another Olympics.

    Jun 30 2:24 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Maroney can vault her way to London

    The reigning world champion in the vault doesn't want to be known as a one-trick pony. But that one trick might be what gets her to the Olympics.

    Jun 30 4:03 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Sam Mikulak emerges as trials threat after Day 1

    Danell Leyva and John Orozco may have led 1-2 after the first day of the men's competition at the trials, but another gymnast you may not have expected is making an impression: Sam Mikulak.

    Jun 28 11:51 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Jonathan Horton suddenly the veteran at Olympic trials

    Jonathan Horton doesn't think a recent foot injury will get in his way for an Olympics spot. It's the depth of the field that has him a little nervous.

    Jun 27 11:02 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Improved guard play puts Sun atop East

    For three straight seasons, post Tina Charles has put up MVP-caliber numbers. But improved play from Kara Lawson, Renee Montgomery and the rest of Connecticut's backcourt has the Sun on top in the East.

    Jun 25 10:43 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • More Sports

    Smith: Beau Hossler comes of age

    The high school senior-to-be started his summer vacation by winning over the Olympic Club crowd and setting a course for his future.

    Jun 18 12:38 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • More Sports

    Smith: Competitive spirit returns for Casey Martin

    Despite not playing competitive golf for six years, Casey Martin looked like he belonged at Olympic the past two days.

    Jun 15 11:08 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • More Sports

    Michael Allen realizes career goal at Olympic

    Michael Allen has been a member of the Olympic Club since he was 14 years old. As a young pro back in 1987, he geared his entire career path toward qualifying to play the U.S. Open on this golf course. Now he is realizing his dream.

    Jun 15 4:26 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: San Antonio improves in the paint

    Last season, San Antonio posted the worst rebounding numbers in the league. Now, Jayne Appel and Danielle Adams are providing some punch in the paint -- and trying to help the Silver Stars keep pace with the Lynx.

    Jun 7 8:32 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Olympic Sports

    Smith: Erica McClain takes triple leap of faith

    Fifteen months after a horrible ankle injury, triple jumper Erica McClain will find out if her painful rehab has led to a spot in the Olympics.

    May 31 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Sparks' Toliver reinventing herself

    Before this season, Kristi Toliver hadn't quite found her WNBA footing. But now, the fourth-year guard is shouldering the offensive load for the Sparks -- and proving she's tougher than ever on defense, too.

    May 30 9:26 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: No. 1 Cal is all business

    Cal had plenty of reason to celebrate after a 2-0 victory over Washington in the super regional clincher, but is holding off until after the World Series.

    May 28 2:37 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Top-seeded Cal right at home

    Cal's No. 1 Bears have made the most of their opportunity to host NCAA tournament games. Now, they're one win from the World Series.

    May 28 2:38 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Penicheiro finds home as 'team mama' in Chicago

    Ticha Penicheiro is one of the WNBA's most veteran players. With her legacy as title winner and four-time All-Star secure, she's found a new home and new role in Chicago.

    May 23 12:47 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Sky hope revamped roster leads to first playoffs

    After six seasons but no playoff appearances, Chicago revamped its roster. Coach Pokey Chatman hopes the experienced veterans help the Sky reach new limits.

    May 15 | By Michelle Smith