Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Groomed to be a head coach, Smith takes over Liberty

    Katie Smith never wanted to be a coach, but Bill Laimbeer knew better. And four seasons after becoming his assistant, Smith will succeed Laimbeer as the New York Liberty's head coach.

    Oct 16 7:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Owners, not fan base, determine where WNBA franchises land

    When it comes to the WNBA, the bottom line is that franchises have to go where there's an owner ready to spend the money. That doesn't always align with where there's an existing, strong fan base.

    Oct 13 8:16 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 'Next generation' starts now for USA Basketball

    A lot of new faces, including Dawn Staley taking over as coach, made for an intriguing training camp for the U.S. women's national team, which had just two former Olympians in camp last week.

    Oct 13 11:56 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx back on top, but WNBA grew in many ways in 2017

    There were milestones, business and technology advancements, and the emergence of young stars. Here are the developments that stood out most this season -- and how they might impact the WNBA in 2018.

    Oct 6 8:13 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks somber after losing their title

    It started with a rush for Chelsea Gray and the Sparks, but the WNBA Finals ended in disappointment after a Game 5 loss in Minnesota.

    Oct 5 11:45 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx regain title, but entire WNBA is a winner

    Minnesota dethroned Los Angeles to win its fourth title in seven years. But with a competitive and entertaining WNBA Finals that once again went the distance, it felt as if the entire league won.

    Oct 5 7:15 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks on court for national anthem at Game 5

    The Sparks, who went into their locker room during the national anthem in silent protest for the first four games of the WNBA Finals, stayed on the court before the decisive Game 5 Wednesday.

    Oct 5 11:58 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx outlast Sparks to win fourth WNBA championship

    A year after watching Los Angeles win the WNBA title on Minnesota's home court, the Lynx didn't let another Game 5 get away. Minnesota defeated L.A. 85-76 on Wednesday to join the Houston Comets as the only four-time WNBA champions.

    Oct 5 1:30 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks, Lynx meet one final time with history on the line

    In a series where so little separates two great teams, it's only fitting that Los Angeles and Minnesota meet in a decisive Game 5 (ESPN, 8 ET) as both try to join the Houston Comets as the only four-time WNBA champions.

    Oct 4 12:34 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Fowles ready to put finishing touches on MVP season

    On the eve of her third WNBA Finals Game 5 in as many seasons, Sylvia Fowles came to Minnesota for moments such as this. If the Lynx win, the center might become the first player in seven years to sweep the regular season and Finals MVP awards.

    Oct 3 6:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Brunson, Lynx rebound to force WNBA Finals to decisive Game 5

    For the second year in a row, the Lynx staved off elimination and prevented the Sparks from winning a title on their home court. This time, Rebekkah Brunson and Minnesota's rebounding -- the Lynx outrebounded the Sparks 48-28 -- were the difference.

    Oct 2 10:44 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx beat Sparks on road to extend WNBA Finals

    Just as they did last year at Staples Center, the Lynx prevented the Sparks from celebrating a WNBA title on their home floor. Now, after Sunday's 80-69 Lynx victory, the series heads back to Minnesota for Wednesday's decisive Game 5.

    Oct 1 11:32 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks are on the brink, but Lynx look to extend WNBA Finals

    Last season, Los Angeles couldn't close out Minnesota at home in Game 4. On Sunday (ESPN, 8:30 ET), the defending champion Sparks get another chance, and aim to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the 2001-02 Sparks.

    Oct 1 12:45 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Gray, Sims dominate perimeter to put Sparks on verge of repeat

    Los Angeles' two talented posts had their way with Minnesota in Game 3, but big-time backcourt play from Chelsea Gray and Odyssey Sims -- who outscored their Lynx counterparts 30-0 -- helped put the Sparks one win away from repeating as WNBA champs.

    Sep 30 3:11 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks hold court to take 2-1 lead in WNBA Finals

    Behind a defense that caused problems for Minnesota all night, Los Angeles is a win away from repeating as WNBA champ. Candace Parker was the catalyst at both ends of the court, and guards Odyssey Sims and Chelsea Gray outscored their counterparts 30-0.

    Sep 29 11:50 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx's Fowles highlights All-WNBA 1st team

    The Minnesota Lynx are represented by two members of the All-WNBA first team, including MVP Sylvia Fowles.

    Sep 29 4:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Expect Lynx, Sparks to look for another fast and furious first quarter

    Some say slow and steady wins the race. But when it comes to Minnesota and Los Angeles, the team that starts fast in the first quarter typically emerges as the winner. In Friday's Game 3 (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET), both teams will look to get going early.

    Sep 28 10:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx follow Whalen's lead to even WNBA Finals

    Lindsay Whalen was left stewing after Minnesota's disappointing Game 1 loss. On Tuesday, the point guard, one of the fiercest competitors in the league, aggressively set the tone as the Lynx held off the Sparks to pull even in the WNBA Finals.

    Sep 27 2:45 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx hold off Sparks to even WNBA Finals

    Just like in the opening game of the WNBA Finals, one team fell behind big in Tuesday's Game 2 only to almost rally for a win. This time, the Lynx held on for the win after forcing two turnovers in the game's final seconds.

    Sep 26 11:11 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks again stay in locker room for anthem

    Ahead of Game 2 of the WNBA Finals, the Sparks again remained in the locker room for the playing of the national anthem, while the Lynx stood at attention.

    Sep 26 10:39 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Gray, Plum and Sykes lead All-Rookie team

    Allisha Gray, Kelsey Plum and Brittney Sykes all received the maximum 11 votes from the WNBA's 12 head coaches to highlight the league's All-Rookie team.

    Sep 26 4:34 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx, Sparks must be more consistent in Game 2

    There were stretches during Game 1 of the WNBA Finals that Los Angeles and Minnesota know they can't repeat Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET). The Sparks look to take a 2-0 lead back to L.A., while the Lynx will try to even the series.

    Sep 26 12:43 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Parker, Fowles on opposite sides again in the WNBA Finals

    Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles were the top two picks in the 2008 draft and have flourished into two of the greatest players in WNBA history. And after playing against each other their whole lives, they lead their teams into Game 2 of the WNBA Finals.

    Sep 25 10:46 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Gray guides Sparks to Game 1 victory over Lynx

    In a WNBA Finals Game 1 that went from blowout to barnburner, guard Chelsea Gray led Los Angeles with a career-high 27 points, including the game winner with 2 seconds to play.

    Sep 25 1:57 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • LA Sparks stay in locker room during anthem

    The Los Angeles Sparks did not partake in "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Sunday, amid comments from President Donald Trump regarding NFL players' actions during the national anthem.

    Sep 25 9:47 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel