Mechelle Voepel Archive

Mechelle Voepel joined in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.
  • 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

  • Voepel: McCallie faces great expectations at Duke

    At Duke, Joanne P. McCallie takes over a program that has done so much in recent years that anything less than an NCAA title will not be considered good enough.

    Apr 22 6:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Report: Duke to hire Michigan State's McCallie

    A source with knowledge of the hiring process at Duke told on Tuesday night that Michigan State's Joanne P. McCallie will succeed Gail Goestenkors as the Blue Devils' head coach.

    Apr 18 1:47 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Another busy week in the coaching carousel

    Van Chancellor takes over at LSU … Joanne Boyle says no thanks to her alma mater, Duke … Mickie DeMoss leaves Kentucky … all in another eventful day of "As the Coaching World Turns."

    Apr 12 12:22 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Tennessee tops pre-, pre- preseason Top 25

    Ah, there's nothing more fun than picking the Top 25 for next season … when next season is seven months away.

    Apr 12 11:16 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Rutgers women should be celebrated -- not insulted

    Nobody should say the things Don Imus said about the Rutgers women, a group of fine young people whom the entire state of New Jersey and the world of college athletics can cite as what's right in our society today.

    Apr 13 12:11 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Goestenkors leaves "nest" for 'new experience'

    Leaving Duke behind wasn't easy. But new Texas coach Gail Goestenkors says it was "time for me to step outside that nest, and have a new experience."

    Apr 6 1:28 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Optimism, trades stand out on WNBA draft day

    Wednesday's trades were as big as the picks. And though there's a lot of unknowns, everyone came out optimistic -- just like most draft days.

    Apr 4 9:24 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Rutgers knows nothing's guaranteed for 2008

    The fact Rutgers didn't win Tuesday should not be the lingering memory of the 2006-07 Scarlet Knights. Rather, it's the fact that they were playing Tuesday.

    Apr 4 9:28 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Tennessee scores seventh the hard way

    Back in 1998, we might have wondered when somebody besides Tennessee would win the NCAA title. Who knew a nine-year drought was coming? But the Lady Vols were back on top Tuesday.

    Apr 4 8:47 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Friends turn foes in women's final

    Tuesday's title game marks a silver-anniversary reunion for coaches Pat Summitt and C. Vivian Stringer. And there's no women's coaching matchup with more history.

    Apr 4 5:17 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel