Michelle Smith Archive

Michelle Smith

Contributor, espnW.com
  • Notre Dame, A&M deliver Final Four upsets

    There will not be a No. 1 seed in Tuesday's women's NCAA championship game, as the Aggies and Irish played spoiler for Connecticut and Stanford.

    Apr 4 1:14 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Final Four coaches, players learn to mesh well

    The secret of success for this year's Final Four teams is blending personalities.

    Apr 2 | By Michelle Smith

  • Experienced point guards pay dividends

    Three out of the four teams heading to the women's Final Four in Indianapolis rely on veteran point guard leadership, and that's not by accident.

    Apr 1 | By Michelle Smith

  • Stanford seniors are on a mission

    Jeanette Pohlen and Kayla Pedersen know what it's like to make the Final Four. This is their fourth trip in four years. But they don't know what it's like to win it all. This time around they are determined to write a different ending.

    Mar 31 | By Michelle Smith

  • Five storylines to watch in Final Four

    UConn and Stanford were expected to be playing in Indianapolis this weekend. Notre Dame and Texas A&M -- not so much. But the Fighting Irish and the Aggies will be joining the favorites in the Final Four.

    Mar 30 | By Michelle Smith

  • Sister act provides stamina for Stanford

    Gonzaga couldn't find any answer for Stanford's Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike. The super siblings combined for 41 points and 26 rebounds and propelled the Cardinal to an 83-60 victory and into the Final Four for the fourth consecutive season.

    Mar 29 | By Michelle Smith

  • Courtney Vandersloot at home in the spotlight

    The Gonzaga Bulldogs might be playing in their first Elite Eight, but they're still enjoying familiar territory. Playing in hometown Spokane, Wash., Bulldogs star Courtney Vandersloot has become the darling of the tournament.

    Mar 28 | By Michelle Smith

  • From exciting to excruciating

    Michelle Smith watched the energy of a high-powered Gonzaga win evaporate when Stanford got on the floor and struggled through a grind-out game. For the Bulldogs, a win over Louisville means a matchup with the Cardinal with the Final Four on the line.

    Mar 28 7:55 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Gonzaga's fairy-tale tournament

    More than once this season, Kelly Graves has told his Gonzaga team a fairy tale of a mid-major women's basketball team reaching the Final Four. Now, he and his Bulldogs are trying to write their own happy ending.

    Mar 24 | By Michelle Smith

  • Stanford seniors finish careers perfect at home

    The seniors on Stanford's women's basketball team walked off the floor of Maples Pavilion in fine fashion on Monday night. With a 75-49 victory over St. John's, they became the first class in school history never to have lost at home.

    Mar 21 | By Michelle Smith

  • Tara VanDerveer: Success a result of hard work

    When Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said her team wasn't always "basketball smart," it wasn't intended as an insult to her players. Instead, she actually was making the point that her team's efficiency and discipline are the result of a lot of hard work.

    Mar 21 5:25 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Gonzaga doesn't seem like underdog vs. UCLA

    A No. 3 seed should have a decided advantage over a No. 11 seed. That is, unless the No. 11 seed, Gonzaga, is the nation's top scoring team and is playing on its home court. The Bulldogs could be ready for an upset when they take on No. 3 seed UCLA.

    Mar 21 12:20 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Despite Stanford win, UC Davis was the story

    Emotions ran high for UC Davis in its first-round game against Stanford on Saturday. Head coach Sandy Sampson got the Aggies to the NCAA tournament for the first time, and he already had announced his retirement whenever UC Davis' season concluded.

    Mar 19 11:54 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • St. John's Kim Barnes Arico juggles two roles

    You would think that St. John's women's basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico has enough of a challenge in the talented Big East. Apparently there's also a challenge in coaching fourth-grade travel basketball teams.

    Mar 18 | By Michelle Smith

  • Top seeds should dominate NCAA tourney

    The brackets have been announced for the NCAA women's basketball tournament, and the top seeds are familiar ones. Baylor, UConn, Stanford and Tennesse rest atop the brackets, and those four teams could very well be in Indianpolis at the Final Four.

    Mar 14 9:57 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Storybook should close soon

    Charlotte has experienced an amazing turnaround. But beating the Sparks in the finals? That's another story.

    Aug 30 10:38 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Looking at the conference finals

    Lisa Leslie says L.A. is four wins from a title. That's true -- the question is whether the Sparks will get them.

    Aug 28 2:26 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Breaking down the first round

    Cleveland, New York, L.A. and Sacramento should survive first-round WNBA playoff matchups.

    Aug 16 12:26 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Utah finally living up to the hype

    Utah, mentioned by some to be a title contender in the preseason, is on a roll thanks to a new coach and the talented Natalie Williams.

    Aug 2 9:14 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Rockers getting it done on D

    Not only have the Rockers won seven games in a row, they may just be the best defensive team in WNBA history.

    Jul 27 2:10 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Sorting the contenders and pretenders

    The race to reach the playoffs is heating up and as the second half begins, it's time to start thinking about who's in and who's staying home.

    Jul 19 2:02 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: It shouldn't be a popularity contest

    While the fans voting for the All-Stars starting lineups have the right to choose their favorites, many deserving players were left off the ballots.

    Jul 12 3:16 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Class of 2001 starting slow

    This year's rookie class was supposed to be one of the best, but so far, the impact has yet to be felt.

    Jul 5 10:39 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Monarchs find new blood

    Underachieving Sacramento needed its change in direction.

    Jun 29 5:14 PM ET | By Michelle Smith