Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • Diggins' injury a kick in the gut for Shock

    Since leaving Detroit, the Shock have endured bad trades, a parade of coaches and terrible luck with lottery picks. But the loss of Skylar Diggins for the season is the cruelest blow of all.

    Jul 1 11:56 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Pride Night important show of support

    The WNBA is still deciding how best to implement its Pride initiative, but events such as Tuesday's Pride Night in Chicago show the league is at the forefront on this issue.

    Jul 1 4:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • With Gray likely to leave, Tar Heels reeling

    As the NCAA bears down on North Carolina, the seemingly imminent transfer of leading scorer Allisha Gray adds salt to Sylvia Hatchell's women's program and leaves one wondering what's next.

    Jun 17 5:21 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 2015 Hall of Fame class had lasting impact

    Three players and three coaches will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend, and all had a measurable influence on the game.

    Jun 12 1:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA's Eastern Conference up for grabs

    The WNBA's Eastern Conference should again be toss-up. Reigning Eastern champion Atlanta sits atop the preseason rankings for now, but Indiana is nipping at the Dream's heels.

    Jun 3 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sky need Delle Donne more than ever

    If the Sky expect to get back to the WNBA Finals, they're going to need a huge year from star Elena Delle Donne. And after a strong offseason, that's exactly what Delle Donne expects to provide.

    Jun 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Whalen key to Lynx success

    This may be Lindsay Whalen's twelfth season, but the five-time WNBA All-Star is better than ever with her with her play -- and invaluable as the leader of the early projected favorite Lynx.

    Jun 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Maya Moore still chasing perfection

    After her best season as a pro ended without a WNBA title, Lynx star Maya Moore enters 2015 with one goal: her third league crown. Oh, and a second straight MVP award would be nice, too.

    Jun 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sky impress despite Fowles' absence

    Chicago didn't have holdout star Sylvia Fowles in its opener. It didn't seem to matter, as the rest of the Sky joined forces to fill her void for a resounding win over the Fever on Friday.

    Jun 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Dream star McCoughtry now 'living my own life'

    After an offseason of transformation, including coming out, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry feels like this WNBA season could be her best yet.

    May 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA storylines to follow in 2015

    After a difficult offseason, the WNBA returns with some interesting questions and notable absences.

    May 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • White up for any and all challenges with Fever

    In her first year as Indiana's head coach, Stephanie White has assembled an experienced staff and is committed to sustaining the success Lin Dunn established.

    May 31 7:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Good vibes from new-look Mercury

    With Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor out for the season and Brittney Griner until June 27, players such as Leilani Mitchell and Monique Currie are stepping up -- and view it as an opportunity.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Griner's work off the court is key

    As Brittney Griner returns from a seven-game suspension, all eyes will be on her. But the work she does off the court to avoid repeating past mistakes is far more important than how she plays.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Storm's bounty raises tantalizing possibilities

    Seattle has had back-to-back No. 1 picks before who set the foundation for the franchise. It's hard not to imagine a similar result with the duo of Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lisa Leslie's career the 'gold standard'

    A three-time MVP in the WNBA and four-time winner of Olympic gold, Lisa Leslie not only excelled, but did so at an important time for women's basketball.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Diggins, Tulsa look to complete turnaround

    Sound familiar? Tulsa is on the verge of breaking into the top of the West. But this summer especially, after Skylar Diggins' solid second season, there really is reason to believe.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Achonwa, Gray get first WNBA action

    After missing last season with knee injuries, former first-round draft picks Natalie Achonwa and Chelsea Gray finally got their first WNBA action, albeit in an exhibition game.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Griner encouraged by support she's received

    For Brittney Griner, returning to her "safe haven" was a big moment. The outpouring of support she has received -- from teammates, fans and players -- has been special, too.

    May 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • All eyes on Ogwumike as Sparks open 2015

    Nneka Ogwumike is more valuable than ever on and off the court for the Sparks, who need her to continue to step up this season with a new coach and star Candace Parker out an indefinite time.

    May 18 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA got Griner, Johnson suspensions right

    The WNBA needed to be a leader in domestic violence situations. And from the process to the penalties handed down to Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson, Laurel Richie should be commended.

    May 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Why Isiah Thomas' hire is worse than you think

    MSG says hiring Isiah Thomas is purely about saving the Liberty. But people around the league worry the Liberty are actually being used as a pawn just to get Thomas back into the fold at MSG.

    May 14 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Honesty best way to approach relationships between 'rivals'

    The WNBA and its teams must continue to acknowledge players on opposing teams being in relationships. And for the players, separating the personal and professional can be done without hiding.

    May 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • USA Basketball Q&A: Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi

    Nobody knows the dynamics of the U.S. women's national basketball team -- and how things went in this week's camp in Las Vegas -- better than guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi.

    May 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Depth on display at USA Basketball women's camp

    The U.S. women's basketball team will be going for a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal in the Rio Games. And after this week's camp in Las Vegas, the team could be deeper than ever.

    May 7 | By Mechelle Voepel