Michelle Smith Archive

Michelle Smith

Contributor, espnW.com
Michelle Smith has covered pro and college sports for AOL Fanhouse, the San Francisco Chronicle and espnW.
  • News & Commentary

    UCLA's Karsta Lowe Blossoming With Fiery New Attitude

    UCLA's Karsta Lowe has sometimes been too laid-back for her own good, but with a more-passionate approach the senior has been perhaps the most dominant player in the nation this season.

    Nov 26 7:12 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Taryn Wicijowski makes most of time at Utah

    Sidelined twice by season-ending injuries, Taryn Wicijowski is back for a sixth year at Utah, and is averaging a double-double as the Utes find their place in a competitive Pac-12.

    Nov 24 | By Michelle Smith

  • Stanford's Thompson named espnW player of the week

    After averaging 26.0 points over three games and helping Stanford knock off UConn, sophomore Lili Thompson nabbed our weekly honor.

    Nov 24 1:52 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Drinking Snow, Inhaling Exhaust and Rationing TP: Inside The Niagara Team Bus

    During a now-infamous 26 hours on a snow-bound bus on the New York Thruway earlier this week, what did the Niagara women's basketball team do for food? Heat? Fun? Two players take us back on the bus.

    Nov 21 | By Michelle Smith

  • News & Commentary

    Big Decision Awaits BYU Two-Sport Star Jennifer Hamson

    She's already been drafted by the WNBA's Sparks and is finishing a stellar volleyball career at BYU, but as her pro career looms, two-sport star Jennifer Hamson will have to commit one way or the other.

    Nov 20 2:58 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Texas makes statement with win over Stanford

    Texas coach Karen Aston was just looking for a way to gauge where her young team was at. Instead, the Longhorns upset the Cardinal to take big step toward returning to national prominence.

    Nov 20 | By Michelle Smith

  • Five things Monday's loss taught us about UConn

    The top team in the country stumbled at Stanford. What did the loss teach us about No. 1 Connecticut?

    Nov 18 | By Michelle Smith

  • Guards, new offense help Stanford stun No. 1 UConn

    It's only November and there's a lot of season left, but it got a lot more interesting Monday as Stanford stunned two-time defending NCAA champion UConn and snapped the Huskies' 47-game winning streak.

    Nov 17 | By Michelle Smith

  • 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

  • Stanford no longer the consensus favorite on Pac-12

    For the first time since 1999, the media that covers the Pac-12 picked somebody other than Stanford to win the conference title. Michelle Smith says Cal is the favorite, too.

    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