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.
  • Analysis: Tennessee 73, Gonzaga 69 OT

    No. 2 Tennessee held off No. 11 Gonzaga in overtime after erasing a 17-point deficit in the second half to advance to the Elite Eight.

    Mar 28 | By Michelle Smith

  • Analysis: Maryland 65, Duke 55

    Shatori Walker-Kimbrough's second-half run gave Maryland the push needed to take down former ACC foe Duke and advance to the Elite Eight.

    Mar 28 | By Michelle Smith

  • Upstart Gonzaga relishing improbable run

    Gonzaga isn't a stranger to silencing doubters and making a run in the NCAA tournament despite being a double-digit seed once again. But now the Bulldogs have the luxury of doing it 2 miles from their campus thanks to Garth Brooks.

    Mar 27 10:05 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Orrange's play speaks volumes for Stanford

    Stanford's quiet leader, Amber Orrange, let her play do the talking against Oklahoma, leading the Cardinal to their eighth straight Sweet 16 with 24 points.

    Mar 23 | By Michelle Smith

  • McGee-Stafford, Texas upend Cal

    When forward Nneka Enemkpali went down with a season-ending knee injury in January, no one expected Texas to make a deep run in March. But 6-foot-7 Imani McGee-Stafford has stepped up her game in time to lead the Longhorns to the Sweet 16.

    Mar 23 3:53 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Analysis: Stanford 73, Northridge 60

    After trailing by one point at halftime, Stanford settled down in the second half and eventually pulled away from Cal State Northridge.

    Mar 21 | By Michelle Smith

  • Stanford Cardinal pull out victory against Cal State Northridge Matadors

    Even Tara VanDerveer, who won her 800th game as Stanford's coach, said this year's Cardinal are "a roller-coaster team."

    Mar 21 | By Michelle Smith

  • Cal's Gray dominates in first-round win

    Cal senior Reshanda Gray might have put on a display for the Berkeley crowd against Wichita State, but she has the daunting task of going up against one 6-foot-7 center with "video-game stats" in the Texas Longhorns' Imani McGee-Stafford on Sunday.

    Mar 21 2:21 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Before we crown a champion, savor all 63 games

    Control yourself. Don't just jump to the NCAA tournament end you think you can already write. Soak up the next 63 games, Because the journey counts as much as the final destination.

    Mar 19 10:56 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • First and last 16-seed to win

    Two serious injuries, one possible over-seeding, one possible under-seeding and a long dog walk ... Harvard's historic upset of Stanford in the 1998 NCAA tournament's opening round, the first and only time a No. 16 seed has beaten a No. 1, had a little bit of everything.

    Mar 18 2:00 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Winners and losers in the women's bracket

    Something that has never happened: a perfect bracket that makes everybody happy. This year is no different. Here are some of the winners and losers out of Monday's draw.

    Mar 16 11:29 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • News & Commentary

    Friends, Rivals, Sensations: Stanford Duo Making A Splash

    Lia Neal and freshman sensation Simone Manuel, perhaps the two highest-profile African-American female swimmers, will pool their talents to try to bring Stanford the team title at this week's NCAA championships, while squaring off for individual glory.

    Mar 18 11:29 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Stanford overcomes Cal for 'rewarding' Pac-12 championship

    After an uncharacteristic season full of ups and downs, Stanford beat Cal to win the Pac-12 tournament, a title Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer called "as rewarding a championship as I've ever felt."

    Mar 8 | By Michelle Smith

  • Colorado stuns top-seeded Oregon State in Pac-12 quarters

    In the biggest upset in the 14-year history of the Pac-12 tournament, No. 9 seed Colorado beat top-seeded Oregon State in Friday's quarterfinals.

    Mar 7 | By Michelle Smith

  • Stanford, Cal to collide for Pac-12 title

    Earlier this season, Arizona State became the first conference team to sweep Stanford in the regular season since 1988. But Saturday, the Cardinal came up big when it mattered most.

    Mar 7 | By Michelle Smith

  • Championship Week primer

    Who's riding momentum into the postseason? Which teams have something to prove? Who can make the most gains before Selection Monday? Conference tournaments opened Tuesday, and we're here to get you ready.

    Mar 3 | By Michelle Smith

  • Iowa's Logic named espnW player of the week

    After nearly putting up a triple-double, and helping Iowa wrap up the regular season with back-to-back wins, Samantha Logic nabbed our weekly honor.

    Mar 1 10:22 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Kent State coach O'Banion fighting back against cancer

    Danielle O'Banion has juggled cancer and coaching this season, using the game she loves as an outlet while she receives chemotherapy to treat lymphoma.

    Feb 20 | By Michelle Smith

  • Washington's Collier back on court after overcoming cancer

    While on a recruiting visit to Washington in 2011,Katie Collier was diagnosed with leukemia. This season, she's back on the court after beating cancer, and an ACL tear, with her best basketball ahead of her.

    Feb 19 | By Michelle Smith

  • Freshman McPhee leads Stanford past Cal

    Stanford isn't used to looking up to many teams in the rankings, and even fewer foes in the Pac-12 standings. But with a big second-half comeback against Cal on Wednesday, the Cardinal looked like their old selves.

    Feb 18 | By Michelle Smith

  • UConn's Jefferson named espnW player of the week

    After leading UConn past top-ranked and previously unbeaten South Carolina, the Huskies' junior guard nabbed our weekly honor.

    Feb 16 1:44 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Youngest Ogwumikes embarking on own path at Pepperdine

    Just like Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike, the family's two youngest sisters, Olivia and Erica, will share a team and build a legacy together on the court.

    Feb 12 | By Michelle Smith

  • Samuelson settles into new position, bigger role for Stanford

    This season, Stanford has switched to a more guard-oriented offense, and senior Bonnie Samuelson is the glue player holding it all together.

    Feb 6 | By Michelle Smith

  • Oregon's Alleyne named espnW player of the week

    After tallying 30 points and 25 rebounds, and scoring the winning basket with less than 2 seconds to play in a win Saturday, Oregon's Jillian Alleyne nabbed our weekly honor.

    Feb 2 2:16 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Amukamara helps lead Arizona State to best start in program history

    Promise Amukamara knew she had to get better offensively. The senior guard has delivered, driving Arizona State to its best start in school history and one of the biggest surprises of the season.

    Jan 28 | By Michelle Smith