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.
  • 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

  • Sparks clinch playoff berth, eye bigger prize

    After going from having the worst record in the WNBA to clinching a spot in the postseason, L.A. wants even more. "I feel like we are contenders to win the whole thing," Nneka Ogwumike says.

    Sep 7 2:20 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Seattle rookie Loyd is 'in the right place'

    The Storm probably won't make the playoffs, but that doesn't mean Jewell Loyd's rookie season in Seattle hasn't been a success.

    Sep 3 7:38 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Who are the WNBA front-runners in Breanna Stewart sweepstakes?

    Whichever WNBA team gets the No. 1 draft pick for 2016 knows it will get an immediate game-changer in UConn's Breanna Stewart. But which teams are we most likely to see in the draft lottery?

    Aug 26 5:36 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Sky's Pondexter feeling rested, at home

    Veteran guard Cappie Pondexter, traded to her hometown Chicago this offseason, has given friends and family plenty to cheer about and given the Sky's offense a boost.

    Aug 21 8:50 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Agler, Sparks keep pushing toward playoffs

    When Los Angeles had just three wins at the All-Star break, people might have thought the Sparks "were light-years away." But coach Brian Agler and L.A. are still clinging to a playoff spot.

    Aug 13 10:52 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Soaring Mercury ready to test Sky, de Souza

    Can Phoenix keep its winning streak alive -- and keep West-leading Minnesota in its sights -- when the Mercury take on Erika de Souza and the Chicago Sky on Sunday (ESPN, 2 ET)?

    Aug 8 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: WNBA's midseason report card

    Minnesota is the WNBA front-runner at the All-Star break, but where does every other team fall in? We hand out grades for the first half of the season and look ahead at what's next for each team.

    Jul 28 10:54 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Williams, Lavender, McBride added as All-Stars

    The WNBA has made three additions to its Western Conference All-Star roster: Tulsa guard Riquna Williams, Los Angeles center Jantel Lavender and San Antonio guard Kayla McBride.

    Jul 24 2:18 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Bird, Whalen highlight WNBA All-Star reserves

    Three of the best backcourt players in WNBA history and a group of impact young post players headline the WNBA All-Star reserves, which were announced Tuesday by the league.

    Jul 24 2:19 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • News & Commentary

    Smith: 'Worthiness' is a tired concept

    The debate around Caitlyn Jenner's "worthiness" in receiving the Arthur Ashe award shouldn't be a debate at all. Worthiness, and courage for that matter, is not exclusive to one thing.

    Jul 17 11:03 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Coleman finds right fit with Fever

    On her third team in seven seasons in the WNBA, Indiana's Marissa Coleman is finally "having fun again." The guard/forward is tied for the team lead with Tamika Catchings at 13.1 points per game.

    Jul 17 | By Michelle Smith

  • Shock appropriate name for first-place Tulsa

    After an opening loss, Tulsa has reeled off eight wins in a row to take over first in the West, quite a turnaround for a team that went 12-22 last year. And their confidence is building.

    Jun 29 4:32 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Off to 0-4 start, Sparks in search of offense

    With the core of their lineup out, the Sparks are averaging a league-worst 58.8 points per game, and with a three-game road trip coming up, it won't get any easier.

    Jun 22 5:19 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Credit defense for Suns' surge to top of East

    Never mind all the injuries and last year's last-place finish. Connecticut has added some new faces to the roster and used defense as a spark. Now the Sun are sitting in first.

    Jun 18 3:32 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • News Commentary 2015worldcup

    #HowSheDoesIt: Carli Lloyd makes the plays

    A guide to Carli Lloyd's low-tech, high-production training plan that keeps the high-scoring midfielder on her toes for the World Cup.

    Jun 12 4:03 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • News Commentary 2015worldcup

    #HowSheDoesIt: Tobin Heath's skillful assists

    Midfielder Tobin Heath knows how to create opportunity for her U.S. teammates. Here's how she keeps herself sharp.

    Jun 9 2:48 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Seattle Storm hoping for quick rebuild

    With veteran star Sue Bird still on the roster, Seattle isn't quite starting from scratch. But there's no question that the Storm could struggle after a major offseason roster overhaul.

    Jun 4 5:00 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Lynx the preseason favorite in the West

    Minnesota, with its roster mostly intact, looks poised to reclaim its spot as the best team in the West. Michelle Smith previews the conference race and predicts how the standings will shape up.

    Jun 4 | By Michelle Smith

  • Reconstructed Liberty hope to contend in East

    The New York Liberty will feature a rebuilt roster, plus controversial new team president Isiah Thomas. But coach Bill Laimbeer thinks his mix of vets and rookies could challenge in the East.

    Jun 2 5:00 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • News Commentary 2015worldcup

    #HowSheDoesIt: Kelley O'Hara speeds ahead

    Incredibly fast U.S. defender Kelley O'Hara shares her World Cup training and nutrition secrets.

    Jun 4 10:26 AM ET | By Michelle Smith