Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • 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

  • Culture Feature

    Women in athletic departments: welcomed or marginalized?

    The number of women hired as athletic directors and conference commissioners in the NCAA is rising. Despite this progress, there's still a need for "constant vigilance" for how they're treated, says former Iowa associate AD Jane Meyer.

    Jun 21 9:21 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Reports: Gamecocks add staffer Law from Vols

    South Carolina has added Jolette Law to its coaching staff, hiring her from SEC rival Tennessee, according to multiple reports.

    Jun 16 9:31 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Taurasi so much more than scoring phenom

    Diana Taurasi took over the WNBA career scoring record Sunday. But being the best teammate possible -- and taking pride in her playmaking -- are more important to the Phoenix Mercury star than individual accolades.

    Jun 18 7:55 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Summitt's birthday evokes memories for Warlick

    Pat Summitt would have turned 65 on Wednesday, and June is full of reminders of the legendary Tennessee coach who died nearly a year ago. But Summitt is never far from Holly Warlick's thoughts.

    Jun 14 2:10 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks look to avenge Friday's loss to Wings

    Dallas outrebounded Los Angeles to beat the defending champion just a few days ago. When they meet again Tuesday (ESPN2, 10 p.m. ET), Nneka Ogwumike and the Sparks will have home-court advantage, and they're unbeaten at Staples Center this season.

    Jun 12 5:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Late mother inspires Swoopes to reconnect with basketball

    Sheryl Swoopes put together a career that landed her in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. But it took some words of advice from her mother, who died in March, to restore her passion for the game.

    Jun 10 1:17 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Shepard, Big Ten's ROY, headed to Notre Dame

    Jessica Shepard, who won Big Ten Rookie of the Year honors in 2016 for Nebraska, has confirmed that she will transfer to Notre Dame.

    Jun 1 11:44 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Players, media to help select WNBA All-Stars

    For the first time, WNBA players and media will help select the starters for the WNBA All-Star Game. Starters were previously selected by solely by fan voting.

    May 25 10:53 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Chatman and Fever finding their way in new era

    After being let go by Chicago last year, Pokey Chatman couldn't have been happier to land in Indiana as the Fever's head coach. On Wednesday, Chatman and her new team overcame a 14-point deficit to down defending champion Los Angeles.

    May 25 2:00 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Delle Donne returns to Chicago, leads Mystics past Sky

    After some early butterflies in her first game back in Chicago, where she played four seasons before asking for a trade to Washington earlier this year, Elena Delle Donne scored a game-high 21 points and the Mystics got their first road win of the season.

    May 25 2:06 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx look to continue hot start to 2017 season

    Even a franchise that has won three titles in six years needs time to jell. But Minnesota, which is off to a 3-0 start, is already inching closer to really feeling in sync. Will 0-2 Connecticut have an answer Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET)?

    May 22 1:42 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • You don't know Diana Taurasi

    The words swagger and cocky come to mind, but there's also a thoughtful, reflective side of Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi, who opens up about her marriage to Penny Taylor and what's to come in her career as she closes in on the WNBA scoring mark.

    May 26 1:33 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Taurasi inks multiyear extension with Mercury

    Seven-time WNBA All-Star Diana Taurasi has signed a multiyear contract extension with the Mercury, the team announced Tuesday.

    May 26 9:56 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Currie, Loyd step up as WNBA season opens

    The Stars and Storm each had two games on opening weekend, during which San Antonio's Monique Currie and Seattle's Jewell Loyd put in some of the best performances as the 2017 season tipped off.

    May 15 6:34 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Gamecock rookies help Wings run past Mercury

    It's only one game, but the Wings had to like what they saw Sunday, when they annihilated Phoenix on the boards and got impactful performances from rookies Kaela Davis and Allisha Gray.

    May 15 1:06 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Reigning champion Sparks pick up where they left off

    The Sparks raised their WNBA championship banner Saturday to go with the two the franchise won in 2001 and '02, then beat Seattle and talked about what it will take to add trophy No. 4.

    May 13 10:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA moms grateful for a lot -- but there is more to be done

    A handful of moms will be on the court when the WNBA opens its season this Mother's Day weekend. What are their biggest challenges? How is the players union working to improve things for them?

    May 12 6:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 5 final questions before the 2017 WNBA season opens

    What should we expect from Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and the new-look Mercury? Will the Sun surprise us even without Chiney Ogwumike? Can Seattle find the same success it had late in 2016?

    May 13 1:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Minnesota ready to move on from WNBA Finals loss

    Losing in the final seconds of Game 5 of the WNBA Finals -- which prevented Minnesota from winning back-to-back titles -- lingered for a while. But the Lynx remain the league's standard-bearer.

    May 10 9:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Thibault says Mystics are 'a work in progress'

    Elena Delle Donne instantly makes the Mystics a more diverse team offensively. But as coach Mike Thibault cautions, Washington needs time to jell. "The end product could be pretty good," he said.

    May 10 7:37 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • What do champion Sparks do for an encore?

    Los Angeles finally returned to championship form last season. Nneka Ogwumike, Candace Parker and most of the key components return. Although the Sparks will miss Kristi Toliver, can they repeat?

    May 9 2:56 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Can Sparks' Ogwumike repeat as WNBA MVP?

    Only one player in WNBA history has won back-to-back MVP awards. Maya Moore, Tina Charles, Breanna Stewart and Elena Delle Donne are the biggest competition to reigning MVP Nneka Ogwumike.

    May 10 9:37 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx lead way in preseason WNBA power rankings

    We're picking up this WNBA season where we left off last year: Minnesota and defending champion Los Angeles appear to be the top two teams. But New York and Washington might not be far behind.

    May 8 12:38 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel