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: WNBA champs bring title, so much more to Detroit

    Good guys -- or even "Bad Girls" -- don't always finish last. Just ask Taj McWilliams-Franklin and the Shock, who continued to celebrate their WNBA title on Monday in a city that almost lost its WNBA franchise six years ago.

    Oct 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Despite odds, injuries, Shock win third WNBA title

    The Shock's sweep of San Antonio might imply this year's title run was their easiest. But Detroit overcame injuries, suspensions, midseason trades and the regular-season's top team to capture the crown.

    Oct 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Hammon, Silver Stars keep heads up after loss

    Becky Hammon, whose decision to play for Russia in the Olympics garnered a lot of media scrutiny and criticism, has had quite a year. But despite getting swept out of the WNBA Finals, she'll look back on 2008 as a time she cherishes.

    Oct 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Last year's finals loss still stings, motivates Shock

    The Shock are one win away from their third WNBA championship. And the fact it would be their third -- and not fourth -- title is part of the reason Detroit is so motivated as it heads into Game 3 on Sunday.

    Oct 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Smith leads way again for Shock in WNBA Finals

    In a game in which the Silver Stars kept trying to climb back after falling behind big, Katie Smith was the one to keep slamming the door in their faces. And if Detroit wins the title, Smith might just be the WNBA Finals MVP.

    Oct 3 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Season and San Antonio already a win-win for Wauters

    Whatever happens to San Antonio in the WNBA Finals, this season already has been a big victory for Ann Wauters.

    Oct 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Silver Stars have tough task ahead

    In Game 2 Friday, San Antonio must get more production out of a bigger lineup, get improved play from Ruth Riley at both ends and get Becky Hammon more looks at the basket. And, of course, San Antonio must pull out a win before the WNBA Finals shift to Detroit.

    Oct 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Ford, Pierson press on from bench

    Injuries sidelined Cheryl Ford and Plenette Pierson for Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. But if Detroit wins its third title, both Shock posts will have played a vital role, even from the bench.

    Oct 2 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Shock stymie San Antonio's last-minute magic

    San Antonio had two fantastic finishes to pull out wins on its home court in the West finals. The Silver Stars came up with another big rally Wednesday in San Antonio, but it wasn't enough to top talented Detroit in Game 1.

    Oct 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Game 1 notes

    From San Antonio's woeful 3-point shooting to UConn and Tennessee alums joining forces for Detroit, Mechelle Voepel checks in with some Game 1 notes.

    Oct 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA Finals matchup rich with story lines

    Sure, both Detroit and San Antonio have had a little luck along the way. But their WNBA Finals matchup couldn't be sweeter. From popular veterans on the verge of winning their first title to the best overall perimeter tandem in the league, this best-of-five series is rich with drama.

    Sep 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Shock, Taj get another shot at a title

    As expected, Detroit depended on Deanna Nolan and Katie Smith to clinch its third consecutive trip to the WNBA Finals. But Taj McWilliams-Franklin's post presence helped pave the way to the championship series, too.

    Sep 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Hammon's heroics lift Silver Stars to WNBA Finals

    Just when it seemed inevitable that Candace Parker and the Sparks were bound for the WNBA Finals, Becky Hammon happened. Seven straight points later from the San Antonio guard, the Silver Stars were headed to their first finals appearance.

    Sep 28 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Young's buzzer-beater breathes life into Silver Stars

    Nine years ago, Teresa Weatherspoon hit one of the most memorable shots in WNBA history. Sophia Young's buzzer-beater Saturday moved her into that pantheon, too, and -- most importantly -- kept San Antonio alive in the West finals.

    Sep 27 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Former LSU guards help L.A. get ahead in West finals

    The Sparks' success this season has depended on its super frontcourt. But a couple of former LSU guards came off the bench Thursday to help L.A. upend the West's top seed.

    Sep 26 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Depleted post game helps sink Detroit in Game 1

    There's no denying that injuries have depleted Detroit's frontcourt this season, and that was never more obvious than in Friday's Game 1 loss. But if the Shock are going to come back in the East finals, Detroit's posts must step up their games.

    Sep 26 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mystics' revolving door must stop

    Sep 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Best players, best rivalries on collision course

    No matter what happens in the conference finals, the WNBA Finals pretty much can't go wrong with these four teams left.

    Sep 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Unlikely stars help lift Liberty, Silver Stars to conference finals

    The playoffs are the time when players can unexpectedly become MVPs for a game when it really matters most. And Essence Carson and Edwige Lawson-Wade did that Monday to help New York and San Antonio move on in the postseason.

    Sep 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Once again, Swoopes, Catchings rise to the occasion

    Sunday, Sheryl Swoopes and Tamika Catchings reminded everyone why they're future Hall of Famers, leading Seattle and Indiana, respectively, to wins to extend their playoff series.

    Sep 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Does New York have next?

    The "next generation" has arrived in the WNBA playoffs. Can the Liberty's youngsters help New York seal the deal against the Sun on Monday? Or will history repeat itself?

    Sep 20 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fever disappear but Shock deliver in Game 1

    On Friday, Indiana and Detroit couldn't have been more different. The Shock and Deanna Nolan couldn't be stopped, and Katie Douglas and the Fever couldn't get going.

    Sep 20 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Monarchs lose despite Penicheiro's best efforts

    Ticha Penicheiro did all she could to try to lead Sacramento to victory Thursday, even doubling her scoring average. But it just wasn't enough to overcome Becky Hammon and the Silver Stars.

    Sep 19 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: And the winner is ...

    Before the WNBA playoffs get under way Thursday, Mechelle Voepel checks in with her regular-season awards picks and some playoff predictions.

    Sep 17 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: What if (insert team here) won the title?

    At least one expert expects Detroit and San Antonio to clash in the WNBA finals. But what exactly would a title mean to all eight of the playoff teams?

    Sep 15 | By Mechelle Voepel