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
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
Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska's fearless outside hitter, skipped the Sweet Corn Festival (again) to focus on strength training and defense. Coach John Cook says she's gotten even more explosive.
Aug 25 7:23 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
L.A. and Minnesota have clinched playoff spots and New York isn't far behind. But with half the league sporting losing records as the WNBA resumes, expect a free-for-all for the final berths.
Aug 25 8:35 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
All eyes are on defending champion Nebraska to start the season, which will end in Columbus, Ohio. And many of the contenders -- Penn State, Wisconsin and Minnesota -- also reside in the Big Ten.
Aug 22 9:48 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Sue Bird says her last couple of seasons didn't live up to her standards. So the Seattle star fine-tuned her fitness and diet and proved again why she is the premier point guard for Team USA.
Aug 10 2:25 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
She has done it all, from NCAA and WNBA titles to MVP accolades. As her career winds down, 37-year-old Tamika Catchings hopes to add a fourth Olympic gold medal to a legacy defined by hard work.
Aug 7 8:13 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
USA Basketball is loaded with talent and heavily favored to win a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal. But will the lack of preparation time or a suspect perimeter defense derail the dream?
Aug 4 12:32 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
With so little time together to prepare for Rio, the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team benefits from a great coaching staff and a pool of players willing to take advice from one another.
Aug 1 7:41 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Whether you're a UConn fan, there's no denying that Huskies players regularly deliver the goods. Back "home" Friday, five former UConn stars started -- and set the tone -- for USA Basketball.
Jul 30 12:44 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Los Angeles, Minnesota and New York are setting the pace, Phoenix is the league's biggest surprise (not in a good way) and the veterans still got game as we reflect on the 2016 WNBA season.
Jul 25 2:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
By budging on a bad decision, Lisa Borders gave players a reason to believe she's a responsive leader. Now the WNBA and its players can get on the same page, where everyone can do the most good.
Jul 25 3:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The WNBA usually takes pride in promoting its players' activism. But how players can support the conflict between police and black communities is causing internal conflict in the league itself.
Jul 22 5:20 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
After matching the best start in WNBA history, L.A. suffered just its second loss of the season. The Sparks, with a winning mindset guiding them, look to get back on track Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 ET).
Jul 19 12:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
At its most basic core, Pat Summitt's life work was helping young women who played basketball become the best human beings they could be. Thursday, her legacy rose as one to honor her.
Jul 15 1:19 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The women's basketball world is paying tribute to legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, who died June 28 at age 64. Watch live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.
Jul 14 7:05 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The U.S. women's volleyball team will have a familiar look in Rio -- the majority of the lineup features members from the 2014 World Championship-winning squad.
Jul 12 11:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The contribution of players born outside the United States and Australia has been a big factor in the growth of the WNBA. We rank 10 who have greatly impacted the league.
Jul 12 12:16 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Australians wanted to play at the highest level. But the reality is, they helped raise the bar in the WNBA. And outside of the United States, no country has had a greater impact on the league.
Jul 12 12:13 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The USA Basketball women's select team was announced Monday. This 11-player group will train alongside the national team.
Jul 11 1:20 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
She's a two-time NCAA champ and an Olympic gold medalist, and she's making a strong case for her second MVP award. How does Tina Charles keep getting better? Simple: She works very hard.
Jul 7 5:50 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Minnesota is eager to move on after a recent three-game skid. Chicago looks to knock off the Lynx to inch closer to .500. The Lynx and Sky meet in Minnesota on Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 ET).
Jul 5 1:59 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
The way Pat Summitt lived every day was as awe-inspiring as her career record, and you could do no better than to follow her lead. Here are five things we can try to do to keep her spirit alive.
Jul 1 2:55 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Legend. Icon. Pat Summitt deserves all the praise. Some of the coaches who knew the Tennessee coach best help illustrate why Summitt's impact was so widespread and profound.
Jun 29 4:38 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel
Pat Summitt would be the first to say you can't win an NCAA title -- let alone eight -- without great players. So which 10 Lady Vols had the greatest careers under Summitt in Knoxville?
Jun 29 1:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel