Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • All eyes on USA Basketball backcourt as 29-player pool named

    Though names such as Candace Parker and Chelsea Gray were absent Thursday as USA Basketball unveiled 29 players for its national team pool, the biggest question might be which of the group's young guards will be a presence for Team USA going forward.

    Dec 14 7:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    Yips spread to NCAA volleyball

    Nebraska's John Cook has seen it happen. Ditto for Stanford's Kevin Hambly. Washington State setter Nicole Rigoni lived it. Whether you call it the "monster," the "beast" or the "yips," the condition has made its way to NCAA volleyball.

    Dec 11 2:24 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Oklahoma State's Goodwin is espnW's player of the week

    She will only play one season at Oklahoma State, but she's making the most of it. And after leading the Cowgirls to a top-10 upset, Loryn Goodwin is the espnW national player of the week.

    Dec 11 10:54 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    Penn State-Nebraska highlights semifinals

    It's Simone Lee vs. Mikaela Foecke. It's Russ Rose vs. John Cook. It's Big Ten powerhouse vs. Big Ten powerhouse. And Penn State-Nebraska is only the half of it. Defending champion Stanford and gritty Florida complete an epic volleyball final four field.

    Dec 10 1:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Elon coach Smith finding own success on sideline

    As her former coach, Sylvia Hatchell, approaches her 1,000th win, Charlotte Smith is making her own mark from the bench. The seven-year head coach is looking to take Elon to a second consecutive NCAA tournament.

    Dec 8 3:37 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    Mary Wise a champion for volleyball

    Florida coach Mary Wise has put up staggering numbers and inspired countless players and coaches throughout her career. But that doesn't mean we have to call attention to her, does it?

    Dec 6 10:52 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Florida State's Thomas is espnW's player of the week

    After scoring 57 points and shooting 60 percent from the field to lead unbeaten Florida State to a pair of road wins, Seminoles senior forward Shakayla Thomas is the espnW national player of the week.

    Dec 4 11:14 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • How will Currie's departure, Fulmer hire impact Lady Vols?

    Before he was fired Friday, John Currie had started to repair the fracture between women's sports fans and Tennessee's athletic administration. Now we must wait and see if new AD Phillip Fulmer will be as big of an advocate for the Lady Vols.

    Dec 2 1:51 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Buckle up: Here comes the biggest day of the season so far

    With Notre Dame-UConn, three other games between Top 25 opponents and several unbeaten seasons on the line, Sunday is shaping up as one of the biggest days of the women's college basketball season.

    Dec 1 2:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    A special final four connection for Stanford duo

    Cardinal sophomore volleyball stars Jenna Gray and Audriana Fitzmorris grew up in Kansas City and attended the final four there as fans in 2010. After winning it all a year ago in Ohio, they're hoping to pull off a repeat in their hometown.

    Nov 29 2:14 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    Chair explains controversial volleyball seeding

    Lisa Peterson, chair of the NCAA volleyball selection committee, knew there would be questions about the seeding after the bracket was released. She points to Nebraska's loss to Northern Iowa and Texas' lack of significant wins as answers.

    Nov 28 5:30 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Ohio State's Mitchell is espnW's player of the week

    After scoring 91 points in three wins and becoming the NCAA Division I career leader in 3-pointers, Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell is the espnW national player of the week.

    Nov 27 1:39 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Everything falls into place for UConn at historic Pauley Pavilion

    UConn improved to 4-0 with a win at No. 5 UCLA on Tuesday. But perhaps even more important -- in Geno Auriemma's eyes, at least -- was that the Huskies "grew up as a team a little bit" and got an All-American back on track and a big game from a freshman.

    Nov 22 2:19 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Bruins score big win over No. 3 Baylor

    Monique Billings and Jordin Canada came to UCLA to return the program to national prominence. Saturday, the seniors led the way as the No. 8 Bruins beat a team ranked in the top three for the first time in nearly a decade.

    Nov 20 1:06 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Dolan parting ways with Liberty was only a matter of time

    Will the Liberty, put up for sale Tuesday by MSG's Jim Dolan, stay in New York? Who might buy them? Where will they play? Yes, the team faces a lot of uncertainty, but this much is fact: The Liberty never seemed to matter a great deal to Dolan.

    Nov 15 11:31 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • MSG, Dolan putting WNBA's Liberty up for sale

    MSG executive chairman Jim Dolan, the last remaining original owner in the WNBA, is putting the New York Liberty up for sale.

    Nov 14 11:37 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • What will Laimbeer do with Las Vegas' No. 1 draft pick?

    The WNBA's new Las Vegas franchise had the best odds in Monday's draft lottery and ended up with the No. 1 pick. Now Bill Laimbeer will have to decide between players such as South Carolina's A'ja Wilson and 19-year-old Russian post player Maria Vadeeva.

    Nov 14 12:11 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Stars win No. 1 draft pick for 2nd straight year

    The Stars, now in Las Vegas, won the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft lottery for the second straight year. The Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky will select second and third.

    Nov 13 11:38 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • No overlooking Louisville after Ohio State upset

    UConn left little doubt about its dominance after a rout of Stanford in the opening game in the "Countdown to Columbus." But Louisville, behind Asia Durr's 47 points, showed in an overtime win against the host Buckeyes that it, too, is a contender.

    Nov 13 12:36 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Seven months later, UConn win streak at 1

    Dismantling Stanford behind a first-half performance that even Geno Auriemma couldn't help but praise, UConn looked more than motivated in its season opener, and sophomore point guard Crystal Dangerfield looked better than ever.

    Nov 13 12:36 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Fifth-ranked Ohio State dominates No. 10 Stanford in opener

    Ohio State hopes to be the hometown team in the Final Four later this season. Friday, the fifth-ranked Buckeyes passed the first test, powering past No. 10 Stanford behind Kelsey Mitchell's 30 points and Stephanie Mavunga's 26 rebounds.

    Nov 11 12:16 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Wilson is espnW's preseason player of the year

    A'ja Wilson already has accomplished so much: an NCAA title with her hometown university, Final Four most outstanding player honors and repeating as SEC player of the year. But the South Carolina senior forward isn't finished yet.

    Nov 11 1:47 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 5 storylines to watch unfold in 2017-18

    Can Tennessee return to the days of old? How quickly will UConn adjust to adding Azurá Stevens to the lineup? And are we all underestimating defending NCAA champ South Carolina? We tackle the biggest questions looming for the 2017-18 season.

    Nov 10 1:21 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Power 5 preview: Teams to watch

    Teams from the Power 5 conferences made up half of the women's NCAA tournament field last season, and accounted for all but three teams in espnW's preseason poll. We break down each league race.

    Nov 9 9:30 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Auriemma, UConn ready for another ride to the top

    Stepping off an elevator in the wee hours after UConn's shocking loss in the Final Four, Geno Auriemma could see the big picture. The Huskies' streak was over, 111 down to zero. But the right team had won -- and it just might help UConn be even better.

    Nov 8 9:09 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel