Identifying the best team in the Western Conference is never an easy task. But as the WNBA breaks for a month for the Olympics, the West race this season -- and labeling the favorites in both divisions -- is even more baffling than usual.
Jul 28 | By Mechelle Voepel
The suspension of Detroit's players were more than fair for their involvement in Tuesday's fracas. But the Sparks -- especially Candace Parker -- were let off too lightly.
Jul 27 | By Mechelle Voepel
The fact that Detroit and Plenette Pierson were involved in Tuesday's WNBA scuffle came as anything but a shock. But the whole thing might not have happened if not for the personalities involved, from Bill Laimbeer's "Bad Girls" to, yes, even Candace Parker.
Jul 23 | By Mechelle Voepel
The concept of an outdoor basketball game isn't anything new. But it's the location that makes Saturday's Liberty Outdoor Classic at Arthur Ashe Stadium really special.
Jul 17 | By Mechelle Voepel
The midway point of the regular season has come and gone. So which players, rookies and coaches have been most impressive? What are the surprising story lines? Who are the front-runners for the annual awards?
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Becky Hammon has a right to experience the Olympics in whatever way she can. But the fact her decision brings the idea of "free agency" to the Olympics just doesn't seem right.
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The Shock on paper have to be considered the East favorite and a strong contender for the WNBA title again this season, with the likes of Katie Smith, Cheryl Ford, Deanna Nolan and Plenette Pierson back.
May 15 8:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The first time Lisa Leslie paired up with a former Tennessee superstar, it worked out OK in L.A. Now, can Leslie's one-two punch with Candace Parker put the Sparks back atop the WNBA?
May 17 2:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The WNBA's 12th season tips off Saturday. But with plenty of roster movement and plenty of superstars arriving late to training camp as they wrap up their overseas commitments, it's hard to judge who the front-runners are just yet.
May 13 7:47 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Tennessee won its eighth national title earlier this month. But will UConn come out on top in 2009?
Apr 29 9:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
A retirement at UC Santa Barbara. A relocation for Kathy Olivier. Kim Mulkey and Leon Barmore reunited. The coaching carousel is in full spin.
Apr 29 9:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
After being drafted No. 1 and No. 2, Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles prepare to leave their marks on the WNBA.
Apr 10 8:11 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
For the second year in a row, Nicky Anosike put in her best performance of the season in the NCAA title game.
Apr 9 8:14 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Candace Parker went to Tennessee to help fill up the trophy case some more. And winning an NCAA title and Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors for the second year in a row was the perfect farewell for her college career.
Apr 9 9:29 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
From an early age, Pat Summitt learned to never be satisfied. And she learned she would have to figure out things she was unfamiliar with, as well. Both came in handy this season as Tennessee tracked down its eighth title.
Apr 9 4:23 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The Sparks have the No. 1 overall pick in Wednesday's WNBA draft. L.A. coach Michael Cooper hasn't said Candace Parker is a lock. But the Tennessee star sure is a good bet to go first.
Apr 8 4:09 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
For the second straight Final Four, Alberta Auguste is coming up with big performances. She'll need another one Tuesday, especially as she helps shoulder the defensive assignment on Stanford's Candice Wiggins.
Apr 8 12:19 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
They call each other "Ace" and "Ice" for the different ways their name is spelled. But Candace Parker and Candice Wiggins both loom large as the present and future of women's hoops as they collide in Tuesday's NCAA title game.
Apr 8 12:08 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Among the thousands of Stanford fans in Tampa to cheer on the Cardinal's win over UConn on Sunday, several alumni were on hand to witness the new chapter of Stanford basketball.
Apr 7 4:59 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Just when it looked like LSU would finally reach the NCAA title game, fate -- and LSU's 12 missed free throws -- sent the Lady Tigers home with their fifth straight loss in the national semifinals. Still, the program has much to be proud of.
Apr 7 4:08 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel