Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Top seeds Lynx, Sparks look to hold off challengers

    So far, the regular season hasn't been much of an indicator of what's to come in the playoffs. Can eighth-seeded Phoenix pull another upset? Will Chicago continue to win without its star?

    Sep 27 1:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sky overcome Delle Donne's absence to reach semis

    No Elena Delle Donne? No problem. The Sky were bursting with offensive confidence and got boosts from Courtney Vandersloot and Jessica Breland, who played the best playoff games of their careers.

    Sep 26 2:43 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Remember us? Lynx ready to face Mercury

    With six former No. 1 draft picks and 11 players who competed in the Rio Games, the Minnesota-Phoenix playoff matchup is star-studded. What can we expect in their best-of-five semifinal series?

    Sep 25 4:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mercury, Dream move on in WNBA playoffs

    Phoenix and Atlanta already survived one single-elimination playoff game. Now they advance to the second round looking for upsets to keep their WNBA seasons alive.

    Sep 23 2:29 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA players should be applauded for taking a stand

    WNBA players are among the most educated and politically aware athletes in sports. So it was no surprise Wednesday that they took a stand by kneeling during the anthem as the playoffs opened.

    Sep 22 12:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • No surprise: Catchings competes right to the end

    It was classic Tamika Catchings. With her coach trying to give her a curtain call, Catchings waived off the sub and played her final 13.1 seconds with the same effort that defined her career.

    Sep 22 12:57 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Entire Fever team kneels during national anthem

    The entire Indiana Fever team knelt and locked arms Wednesday night during the playing of the national anthem.

    Sep 22 7:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Will Penny Taylor extend her career?

    We'll say goodbye to a much-loved WNBA player and see if a team can overcome an ill-timed suspension when the first round of the WNBA playoffs opens Wednesday with two single-elimination games.

    Sep 21 7:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Will Taylor or Catchings extend her career?

    We'll say goodbye to a much-loved WNBA player and see if a team can overcome an ill-timed suspension when the first round of the WNBA playoffs opens Wednesday with two single-elimination games.

    Sep 21 11:19 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Storm peaking at the perfect time as playoffs open

    With Sue Bird having one of her best seasons, and rookie Breanna Stewart and second-year player Jewell Loyd already at home in Seattle, the Storm won five of six games entering the postseason.

    Sep 20 3:13 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • New format but same favorite as WNBA playoffs open

    Defending champion Minnesota seeks to become the first team to repeat in over a decade. But before the Lynx and Sparks hit the court, four single-elimination games will determine their opponents.

    Sep 19 3:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA better off because of Hughes' contributions

    Dan Hughes had never coached women before. But shortly after the WNBA started, he was coaching in the league. Now Hughes has decided to move on, but the WNBA will always be a part of him.

    Sep 17 12:09 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Catchings was one-of-a-kind competitor

    Her play reflected every cliche about competing. She made the most of every moment on court. When Tamika Catchings retires after 15 years in the WNBA, we probably won't see anyone like her again.

    Sep 18 4:56 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Why Sparks' Ogwumike should win WNBA MVP

    Nneka Ogwumike's historic season elevates her above five other legitimate MVP candidates this season. We make our picks for the other annual WNBA awards, including rookie and coach of the year.

    Sep 14 2:09 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • espnW's All-WNBA first and second teams

    With so many forwards dominating WNBA play, it's not surprising to see the position overshadow our postseason honors -- even if it meant a rookie in Seattle just fell short of the first team.

    Sep 13 4:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • One last WNBA playoff spot up for grabs

    What's in store in the final week of the WNBA season? Phoenix and Washington are fighting for the last postseason berth, and teams like the Fever, Dream, Sky and Storm are jostling for seeds.

    Sep 12 6:53 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mercury's Taylor the consummate teammate

    Australian Penny Taylor was such an integral part of three Mercury championships that Phoenix fans affectionately claimed her as their own. And when she retires, the legend will be sorely missed.

    Sep 13 9:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • When Swoopes was at her best, there was no one better

    Speed, passion, precision and defense defined Sheryl Swoopes as a player. The Hall of Famer, who at one time was on the very short list of the best players in the world, helped define the WNBA.

    Sep 9 3:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • What's next for WNBA neighbors Wings, Stars?

    One has been eliminated from the playoffs. The other has lost 11 in a row. But if Dallas and San Antonio could give the WNBA a new rivalry, that would be great for the league -- and a lot of fun.

    Sep 8 11:33 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Cash ready for retirement after legendary career

    Swin Cash has been a superstar and a role player, has won WNBA titles with two different teams, has overcome injuries and cancer, and is a gold medalist. And her best still might be ahead of her.

    Sep 7 1:56 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Fowles lifts Lynx in battle of WNBA's top teams

    After her dominating performance in Tuesday's win at Los Angeles, it should be clear to everyone now: Minnesota is the favorite to win it all in 2016, and Sylvia Fowles is a big reason why.

    Sep 7 3:43 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • First place on the line for Sparks, Lynx

    The league's best meet Tuesday (ESPN2, 10 p.m. ET) in what could be a preview of the WNBA Finals and the kind of game that should whet everyone's appetite for the playoffs.

    Sep 5 2:52 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Dream brace for tough closing stretch

    After missing the postseason last year, Atlanta looks bound to return to the WNBA playoffs this season. Can the Dream hold on to the No. 4 seed, which would come with a first-round bye?

    Sep 1 2:37 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    NCAA volleyball: Tar Heels' opening statement

    North Carolina rallied on the road against Penn State to pull off an epic upset. Nebraska and Wisconsin, meanwhile, dug in to give the Big Ten the top two spots in the Week 1 rankings.

    Aug 30 12:35 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Time for the Sparks to prove they're a contender

    Opening with two losses has marked a difficult WNBA re-start for Los Angeles, but it's also showed the Sparks what they have to do -- and avoid doing -- to have a long postseason run.

    Aug 29 3:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel