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: Aussies awesome en route to first gold

    Lauren Jackson has a WNBA title, but it just wouldn't have seemed right if she didn't have a gold medal in her basketball career. Now she does. And it might not be the last.

    Sep 24 11:02 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: U.S. women regroup, rout Brazil for bronze

    In sports, how you respond to a big loss says as much about you as what kind of winner you are. And on Saturday, the American women responded with one of their best games.

    Sep 24 10:59 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: U.S. defeat leaves bitter taste, burning questions

    A half-century ago, the U.S. women's basketball team won two World Championship trophies … and had one heck of a time bringing them back from South America.

    Sep 24 7:58 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: USA, Russia to renew rivalry in semifinals

    The U.S.-Russia rivalry goes all the way back to the 1950s and was pretty lopsided in favor of the Soviets for a long time. But Team USA, which plays its old foe Thursday, has come out on top in recent years.

    Sep 21 11:13 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Trophy strife

    A half-century ago, the U.S. women's basketball team won two World Championship trophies … and had one heck of a time bringing them back from South America.

    Sep 21 11:47 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Ever-dependable Thompson shines for Team USA

    Tina Thompson's consistent play at both ends has helped Team USA overcome the absence of two of the game's best posts at the World Championship.

    Sep 22 6:49 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Taurasi on top of the World

    With her efficient, versatile and productive style, Diana Taurasi is putting on a show for Team USA at the World Championship.

    Sep 18 2:19 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Turnovers worth noting in another American rout

    Nigeria had no chance against the U.S. women Wednesday. But the Americans' 22 turnovers could become a concern.

    Sep 14 12:46 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Blend of young, old work well for USA in opener

    The "new look" element of Team USA coexisted perfectly with the squad's veterans as the U.S. women routed China on Tuesday in their World Championship opener.

    Sep 13 1:12 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: What a weekend for women's sports

    In a 24-hour span, the WNBA Finals went to Game 5 for the first time, a teenaged millionaire remembered to say thanks, and a women's tennis legend bid farewell to her sport.

    Sep 12 12:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Monarchs know they let title slip away

    On several occasions, Sacramento looked to have its WNBA repeat in the bag. But on Saturday, the Monarchs sat empty-handed in their locker room while the Shock celebrated just a few yards away.

    Sep 10 12:34 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: For Smith, half the fun is getting here

    You know how Katie Smith ended Game 5. Now, Mechelle Voepel lets you in on how Smith's story began.

    Sep 12 10:55 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Shock, Monarchs both eyeing second title in Game 5

    To win Game 5 and wrap up its second WNBA title, Detroit's posts must come up big at Joe Louis Arena in what hopefully will be the series' long-anticipated great game.

    Sep 8 9:50 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Can Ford, Snow make lasting impact for U.S. women?

    No one can replace Lisa Leslie. But Team USA additions Cheryl Ford and Michelle Snow have plenty to prove in the upcoming World Championship.

    Sep 8 6:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Detroit crashes Monarchs' party in Game 4

    The Monarchs were counting on ending Wednesday night -- and the WNBA Finals -- with their second straight title. Instead, Detroit crashed the party.

    Sep 7 2:27 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sacramento looks to be even better in Game 4

    Even though they have won two of their WNBA Finals games over Detroit in blowout fashion, the Monarchs know they need to be even sharper in Game 4 tonight.

    Sep 6 11:47 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Detroit must find heart on road at Arco

    A Shock victory Wednesday might be remembered as the toughest road win ever. But after lacking effort in Game 3, can Detroit's leaders step it up in time to extend the WNBA Finals?

    Sep 5 10:16 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Depth continues to be difference for Sacramento

    Sacramento's depth was again the difference Sunday, as eight Monarchs scored at least seven points and the bench combined for 42 points and 12 rebounds.

    Sep 4 12:29 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Leslie pulls self off USA roster for World Championship

    For the first time in 14 years, the U.S. women's basketball team will head into a major competition without center Lisa Leslie as this year's WNBA MVP will miss the World Championship, citing family issues.

    Sep 6 3:04 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sacramento's inside story

    Yolanda Griffith and DeMya Walker have been pivotal performers as Sacramento pursues another ring.

    Sep 3 10:17 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Shock must avoid another slow start in Game 3

    Friday's improbable come-from-behind win notwithstanding, it doesn't seem likely that Detroit will get out of another hole if it starts Game 3 digging one again.

    Sep 2 2:52 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Persistence pays off for Detroit's Nolan, Smith

    Katie Smith and Deanna Nolan know shooters aren't supposed to stop just because the ball, net and rim aren't cooperating. And their persistence paid off with a come-from-behind win Friday to even the WNBA Finals.

    Sep 2 2:24 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel