Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined ESPN.com in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • Voepel: Coleman, Terps back to form in win over OU

    In easily beating All-American Courtney Paris and Oklahoma, No. 4 Maryland looked very much like a national-title contender again -- as much as any team can in November.

    Nov 12 1:39 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Like Latta, freshman Lucas ready to lead UNC

    Freshman Italee Lucas has the same speed and skills -- and initials -- of North Carolina's last great point guard.

    Nov 9 1:59 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: The art of Paris

    One could argue that Oklahoma's Courtney Paris is on her way to being the most productive player in NCAA history. Just don't forget to appreciate her efforts, talent and enthusiasm along the way.

    Nov 8 12:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Season of change

    More so than any recent season in history, major changes have taken place this past offseason. Big-time coaches have changed schools (or returned, in Van Chancellor's case at LSU) and there have been some significant hirings of African-American women.

    Nov 7 12:43 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Tennessee takes aim at title defense

    The Lady Vols looked down and out at the Final Four last April. But then, rising to Pat Summitt's challenge, the Tennessee players added a little persistence to their game -- the same stuff they'll need to take home another title this season.

    Nov 4 12:16 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Texas A&M starts out on top of Big 12

    Texas A&M has gone from cellar to stellar in the Big 12. And with coach Gary Blair leading the way and all five starters back, the Aggies are out to remain on top.

    Oct 30 12:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Optimism, belief in product first steps for Terwilliger

    The WNBA is going out on a limb with expansion. But J. Ronald Terwilliger, owner of Atlanta's new WNBA team for the 2008 season, seems to believe in the product -- a must for an independently owned franchise.

    Oct 18 12:20 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Return to 16 pre-determined sites the right move

    Going back to 16 pre-determined sites for the NCAA Tournament isn't a perfect solution. But it's a smart decision -- good for the game, the fans and, really, all parties involved.

    Oct 12 5:13 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Perfectionism a way of life for Nebraska's POY

    At the age of 5, Sarah Pavan planned her life down to the very last detail -- including multiple national championships. In 2006, the perfectionist ended her season perfectly, writes Mechelle Voepel.

    Aug 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: East teammates too much for West in All-Star Game

    Opponents the rest of the season, Tamika Catchings and All-Star MVP Cheryl Ford joined forces Sunday to lead the East to its second straight victory.

    Jul 15 10:23 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Despite West loss, Thompson still shines

    Tina Thompson has suffered plenty of losses with Houston this season. And though her West All-Star squad lost Sunday, Thompson's still a winner and one of the game's all-time best.

    Jul 15 10:52 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA continues to make a difference in communities

    Community service remains a core part of the WNBA. And that was never more evident than at Saturday's All-Star practices.

    Jul 15 9:14 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Game's next big rivarly could be brewing in Big 12

    Forget UConn-Tennessee. The next great rivalry in women's college basketball could be brewing in the Big 12 between Oklahoma and Texas.

    Jul 12 5:58 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Charting the stars

    Anna DeForge and Kara Braxton are good players who contribute a lot to their teams. But there are other East players more deserving of a starting All-Star spot.

    Jul 4 10:50 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: L.A.'s identity crisis

    No WNBA franchise had the same "identity" longer than L.A. The Sparks have always been Lisa Leslie's team. But with the star still on maternity leave, who, exactly, are the Sparks now?

    Jul 3 5:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Happy 35th, Title IX ... but we've got a lot more to do

    As Title IX turns 35 on Saturday, Mechelle Voepel looks at how far girls' and women's athletics have come -- and how much we still need to fight for continued change.

    Jun 22 12:17 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Scheduling conflicts still a problem for WNBA

    A month into the WNBA season, teams are just now taking their true form as a unit. That's because so many of the league's players were late arrivals to their preseason camps because of overseas commitments.

    Jun 21 5:35 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Mique's exit leaves L.A. in lurch -- and fans full of sadness

    So what do we make of the strange case of Chamique Holdsclaw's professional career? In women's hoops, there has never been more of a "sure thing" who turned into such an enigma.

    Jun 12 11:57 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Has Pat finally had enough of Geno?

    By not commenting on why Tennessee called off its annual meeting with UConn, the Lady Vols just might be saying a lot -- perhaps even that Pat Summitt has had enough of UConn coach Geno Auriemma.

    Jun 12 12:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Class of '07 full of deserving, familiar faces

    Mechelle Voepel's career has often crossed the paths of all six inductees of this year's Women's Hall of Fame class.

    Jun 8 1:36 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sacramento eyeing another successful season

    If everything falls in line the way DeMya Walker and the Monarchs want it to, Sacramento will be another playoff power in a few months.

    May 30 10:45 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fever pitch

    Detroit will do all it can to repeat. But the Indiana Fever have more weapons surrounding Tamika Catchings than ever and hope to celebrate their first title this summer.

    May 18 10:12 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Taurasi hopes '07 is year Phoenix returns to playoffs

    Very high on the list of "what would do the WNBA good in 2007" is this: Phoenix and Diana Taurasi getting back in the playoffs.

    May 16 11:15 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Coaching moves turn 2006-07 into unforgettable season

    Coaches can talk all they want about "dream jobs" and insist "it's not about the money." But as the past few months have illustrated, Division I coaching in women's basketball really is a business.

    Apr 28 5:04 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Washington hire gives Lady Lions a fresh start

    After carrying around a lot of excess baggage for a long time, the Penn State program gets a fresh start -- and hopefully will begin to heal -- as new coach Coquese Washington takes over.

    Apr 25 1:35 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel