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.
  • DePaul will dominate Big East again

    Yes, the traditional Big East powers have moved on. But DePaul's ascension in the conference is hardly be default.

    Nov 6 | By Michelle Smith

  • New era brings new offense to Stanford

    That triangle offense that Stanford has used for the past 35 seasons? Tara VanDerveer is hanging it up this season in favor of a more guard-oriented attack that better suits her personnel.

    Oct 28 | By Michelle Smith

  • Revamped USC ready to build on 2014 success

    Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is ready to build on USC's first NCAA tournament berth in eight seasons. But first, she replaced most of her coaching staff and must adjust to losing her leading returning scorer, who was dismissed in September.

    Oct 22 | By Michelle Smith

  • Midnight Madness helps open season, expectations

    Teams across the country are practicing, preparing and priming themselves for the new season, which the annual Midnight Madness helps tip off. What five things are we most looking forward to when the ball goes up?

    Oct 17 | By Michelle Smith

  • in Action

    How Sports Can Be A Catalyst For Change

    Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador At-Large for Global Women's Issues, discussed the role that sports play in the advancement of girls around the world as part of her keynote speech Thursday at espnW's Women + Sports Summit.

    Oct 10 2:06 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • in Action

    'I Didn't Know Whether Victory Was Leaving Or Staying'

    After years of silence, former basketball star Ruthie Bolton says she was routinely beaten by her former husband and hopes that her story can help others.

    Oct 10 10:32 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • in Action

    How Stacey Allaster Plans To Make The WTA Even More Entertaining

    Embracing the need to adapt, WTA CEO Stacey Allaster wants to bring more tennis and better player access to its fans throughout the world.

    Oct 9 9:29 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Why Penny Taylor matters just as much as Phoenix Mercury's other stars

    Uncertainty about her basketball future plagued Penny Taylor the past two seasons as she fought back from a knee injury. Tuesday, her pivotal performance helped put Phoenix on the brink of another WNBA title.

    Sep 10 10:58 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Phoenix Mercury get big hand from 11-year-old Mia McPoland

    The Mercury are up 1-0 in the WNBA Finals and winning off the court, too. The team is helping its honorary assistant coach, 11-year-old Mia McPoland, spread the word about a rare blood disorder, and maybe even find a match for a bone marrow transplant.

    Sep 9 3:00 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Mercury duo destroys Sky inside in Phoenix's Game 1 win

    With Sky star Elena Delle Donne spending most of the game on the bench, forward Candice Dupree and center Brittney Griner gave Phoenix a force inside that Chicago just couldn't counter.

    Sep 7 9:55 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • From waiver wire to winning awards, Allie Quigley's underdog story

    After playing for five teams over her first five seasons in the WNBA, Allie Quigley finally has found the perfect fit in Chicago.

    Sep 5 5:47 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Sky ride roller coaster into Finals

    After overcoming a rash of injuries and illness this season -- and making the playoffs for just the second time in franchise history -- the Sky pulled off their second upset of the postseason and clinched their first trip to the WNBA Finals.

    Sep 4 1:08 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Can Sylvia Fowles lead Sky to WNBA Finals?

    With Elena Delle Donne nursing a sore back, Chicago center Sylvia Fowles is the key to getting the Sky to their first WNBA Finals.

    Sep 3 2:33 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Sky use Delle Donne as decoy to extend series with Fever

    With Elena Delle Donne fighting a back injury, the Sky used their star player as a decoy and got everybody else to step up in a double-overtime victory over Indiana.

    Sep 2 12:13 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Chicago Sky's fate rests with shooting stars

    Elena Delle Donne took just 12 shots -- a low for the postseason -- and Chicago committed 14 turnovers in its Game 1 loss to the Indiana Fever.

    Aug 31 5:49 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Fever buckle down, stave off Sky

    Instead of folding when Chicago went on a 12-1 run to pull within one in the fourth quarter, Indiana dug deep and held on for the Game 1 victory in the WNBA's Eastern Conference finals.

    Aug 31 12:40 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • 5 questions for the Eastern Conference finals

    Chicago and Indiana both had losing records in the regular season, but ignore that: Any series with Tamika Catchings facing Elena Delle Donne is compelling. Michelle Smith has five questions leading into the WNBA Eastern Conference finals.

    Aug 29 12:30 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Impending retirement the last thing on Lin Dunn's mind

    Lin Dunn's focus is solely on her Fever's upcoming battle with the Sky in the WNBA's Eastern Conference finals, even as her four-decade coaching career enters its final days.

    Aug 28 1:11 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Five questions for the WNBA postseason

    We take a look at the five biggest questions facing the eight teams -- including five with losing records -- in the WNBA playoffs.

    Aug 18 | By Michelle Smith

  • WNBA Power Rankings: Mercury return to No. 1

    With less than a week to play in the regular season, everyone is still chasing Minnesota and Phoenix.

    Aug 11 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Which teams will survive the logjammed Eastern Conference?

    With the regular season winding down and just one team in the division boasting a winning record, we handicap the Eastern Conference race down the stretch run.

    Aug 6 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: How Becky Hammon became a Spur

    It began with her WNBA coach Dan Hughes putting in a good word with Gregg Popovich -- perhaps Becky Hammon could peek her head into a few Spurs practices, he wondered. A year later, Hammon is a groundbreaking sports coach. How did that happen?

    Aug 6 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Why the Lynx aren't worried about Phoenix

    The Mercury have set the standard this season. But with the return of Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus, Minnesota finally has all five of its starters on the floor again for the first time since last fall's WNBA Finals.

    Jul 31 | By Michelle Smith

  • WNBA Power Rankings: Phoenix still setting the pace

    With eight teams sporting losing records, Phoenix, Minnesota and Atlanta remain 1-2-3 in our weekly rankings.

    Jul 28 | By Michelle Smith

  • WNBA Power Rankings: Phoenix rises, bumps Minnesota from perch

    Move over, Minnesota. After beating the Lynx for the first time since 2011, Phoenix takes over the top spot in the rankings.

    Jun 16 | By Michelle Smith