Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Perseverance puts Mystics on brink of clinching WNBA playoff bid

    Despite injuries to two key stars, Washington is close to clinching a postseason bid. But the outcome of Wednesday's game (ESPN2, 7 ET) will have a big impact on the Mystics' road in the playoffs.

    Aug 16 3:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx, Sparks take WNBA rivalry to new level

    With just over three weeks left in the WNBA regular season, the Lynx and Sparks look headed for another epic playoff battle. The Sparks evened the regular-season series with a win in Minnesota on Friday.

    Aug 14 10:58 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Will coaching change inspire a playoff push from Seattle?

    This was supposed to be a season of celebration and some big hopes being realized for the Storm. But while a great crowd showed up for an entertaining and well-executed All-Star Game in Seattle, success on the court hasn't matched that standard.

    Aug 10 9:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA's top two teams meet in another high-stakes game

    Minnesota and Los Angeles remain atop the WNBA standings for the second season in a row. But there's still plenty on the line when they clash Friday.

    Aug 10 12:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Diggins-Smith is ready for her WNBA playoff debut

    From Seimone Augustus to Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith has picked the minds of the game's most successful players and is doing everything she can to help get the Wings to the postseason -- and make her first appearance in the WNBA playoffs.

    Aug 7 11:07 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Gamecocks' Wilson to miss chance to rep USA

    A'ja Wilson, one of South Carolina's veteran players, will not play for the USA in the Four Nations Tournament's Under-23 event because of a groin injury.

    Aug 5 10:10 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Can the Sky save their WNBA season?

    Heading into the All-Star break, Chicago was on the rise. But after three consecutive losses and a trade that seemed to indicate the Sky already have an eye on 2018, a spot in the postseason seems unlikely.

    Aug 4 3:01 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Dream, rest of WNBA still chasing Lynx

    While the Lynx have racked up a league-best 19 victories, the Dream are clinging to a playoff spot. Whether it's positioning themselves for the postseason or adjusting to new faces, both face challenges when they match up Thursday (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET).

    Aug 2 8:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Bonner, Dupree welcome twins to their family

    DeWanna Bonner, who is married to Candice Dupree, gave birth to twin daughters. Bonner is expected to return to the court next year.

    Jul 31 10:19 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Maya Moore on Kyrie, LeBron: When the Lynx stick together, 'we win'

    So Kyrie Irving wants to step out of LeBron James's shadow and be more of a focal point? Such is life in the NBA. But in the WNBA, salary caps, trade restrictions and the desire for rings give players a different mindset.

    Jul 27 1:07 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Liberty's Charles makes everyone around her better

    The Liberty have had their ups and downs this season, but Tina Charles is as steady as ever. This season's three-time Eastern Conference player of the week never lets herself off the hook -- which helps everyone be at their best.

    Jul 25 10:43 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Post play, West dominate WNBA All-Star Game

    All-Star Weekend in Seattle seemed like a celebration of 15-year Storm guard Sue Bird. But on Saturday, a trio of electric post players -- Maya Moore, Nneka Ogwumike and Jonquel Jones -- put on the biggest show.

    Jul 23 12:41 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Seattle fans savor hometown hero Sue Bird

    Sue Bird is always the fan favorite at KeyArena, and that will be especially true Saturday as locals -- including some fans who have grown up watching Bird -- savor the opportunity to cheer on the Storm's 10-time All-Star.

    Jul 22 1:14 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA All-Star Game a perfect blend of current stars, future legends

    So what if the West roster looks loaded? Saturday's WNBA All-Star Game (ABC, 3:30 ET) in Seattle will feature a lot of players making their debut in the event. And that only bodes well for the league's ability to continue its high quality of play.

    Jul 22 11:44 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Storm's Bird: Rising WNBA harmed by bigotry

    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird says issues of homophobia, racism and sexism are harmful attacks against the WNBA.

    Jul 20 7:21 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Storm's Bird: Rising WNBA harmed by bigotry

    Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird says issues of homophobia, racism and sexism are harmful attacks against the WNBA.

    Jul 20 11:59 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mystics, Mercury must find way to move on after injuries

    Brittney Griner is expected to miss a month. Tayler Hill is out for the season. And Elena Delle Donne missed Sunday's game and will be reevaluated this week. How will Phoenix and Washington cope while their stars recuperate?

    Jul 17 1:55 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks, Lynx bring out best in each other

    Eight and a half months ago, Los Angeles and Minnesota met in the best WNBA Finals in league history. They remain the two best teams, and finally meet again Thursday (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET).

    Jul 6 10:59 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Robinson finds the right fit in Phoenix

    Two years ago, Danielle Robinson woke up in pain most days. But after Achilles surgery and sitting out the 2016 season -- and then getting traded to Phoenix -- the sixth-year guard says she is right "where I'm supposed to be."

    Jul 10 11:30 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Moore, Delle Donne leading fan votes for ASG

    Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore and Washington Mystics guard Elena Delle Donne are the two leading vote-getters thus far for the WNBA All-Star Game. Voting will continue through July 6, with the starters to be revealed on July 11.

    Jun 29 9:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • A year after her death, Pat Summitt still making an impact

    Pat Summitt died a year ago, but the late coach's legacy only continues to grow at the University of Tennessee Medical Center's Pat Summitt Clinic, which provides care for 3,000 Alzheimer's patients.

    Jun 29 10:33 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Taurasi was 'devastated' by Summitt's passing

    Pat Summitt's death was a tragic loss for Tennessee and the women's basketball community. The legendary Lady Vols coach also impacted players from archrival UConn, including Diana Taurasi. "There is no UConn dynasty without Pat," she said.

    Jun 22 4:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA 3-point contest back after 8-year break

    The WNBA announced Wednesday that the 3-point contest will return this season and will take place during halftime of the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game, which will be played at KeyArena in Seattle on July 22.

    Jun 21 10:33 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Seattle sports join for LGBTQ equality rally

    Representatives of the Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders, Storm and Reign gathered in downtown Seattle on Tuesday for a news conference supporting inclusivity for the LGBTQ community.

    Jun 22 4:39 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel