Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Sparks win in an instant classic

    It was an epic fourth quarter. It was a riveting final minute. The Sparks won the crown, and Game 5 was a terrific showcase of the talent that has developed in the WNBA's 20-year history.

    Oct 21 8:23 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Finals MVP Parker finally captures elusive WNBA title

    Candace Parker could have gotten caught up in the disappointment she has endured this year. Instead, she empowered her teammates, and together, the Sparks won their first WNBA title in 14 years.

    Oct 21 2:59 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx one win away from fourth WNBA title

    One of the gutsiest wins in franchise history helped the Lynx avoid elimination. With a win in Game 5 (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN App), Minnesota could cement its status as the WNBA's next dynasty.

    Oct 20 2:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Confident Sparks regroup, ready for decisive Game 5

    Magic Johnson believes in them. The Sparks believe in themselves. It failed to win the WNBA title Sunday, but L.A. is ready for another shot at the Lynx in Game 5 (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN App).

    Oct 19 11:50 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Whalen brings out the best in Lynx

    With her trademark flat tone and blank expression, Lindsay Whalen displays little emotion on court. But as the Lynx chase a fourth title, the guard is unquestionably Minnesota's emotional leader.

    Oct 19 9:41 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks' Beard knows to 'hold on loosely' to dreams

    After failing to win the WNBA title Sunday at home, the Sparks must regroup before Game 5. Drawing on advice she got 15 years ago, Alana Beard is L.A.'s constant source of positive thinking.

    Oct 18 4:44 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Moore saves Minnesota's season, extends WNBA Finals

    The higher the stakes, the better Maya Moore plays. When the Sparks made surges on Sunday, the Lynx answered. But no one was bigger than Moore, who scored 31 points to force a deciding Game 5.

    Oct 18 3:43 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • How the Sparks finally returned to the top of the WNBA

    It's taken a long time, and there have been some rough roads and lots of coaching turnover. But after 14 years, the Los Angeles Sparks are WNBA champions again after winning a classic Game 5.

    Oct 20 11:45 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx need to regain defensive rhythm against Sparks

    It's do-or-die for the Lynx in Game 4 of the WNBA Finals against the Sparks (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN App). Minnesota must step up its heralded defense after a lackluster performance on Friday.

    Oct 16 12:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Los Angeles looks to close out Minnesota

    As the Sparks try to win the WNBA championship Sunday in Game 4 against the Lynx (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN App), both teams know what they need to do. Now it's about who does it best.

    Oct 16 12:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Parker, Ogwumike power Sparks past Lynx

    Once they became Sparks teammates, Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike believed they could help each other win a title. Friday, their 45 points put L.A. a victory away from a WNBA championship.

    Oct 15 3:01 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks can't allow Lynx defense to dictate tone

    Los Angeles is coming off one of its lowest offensive outputs of the season. In Friday's Game 3 (9 ET on ESPN2/ESPN App), the Lynx will again look to put the Sparks back on their heels.

    Oct 14 3:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Is Toliver the key to a Sparks championship?

    The 3-pointer is Kristi Toliver's signature, but there's a lot more to the guard's game. And for L.A. to win, she's going to need to play a major role in every game left of the WNBA Finals.

    Oct 14 3:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx defense delivers Game 2 win

    The Lynx know their defense jump-starts everything else. And as Minnesota evened the WNBA Finals with a win over L.A. on Tuesday, team defense was the rock that the Lynx have so often relied on.

    Oct 12 1:54 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • It's time to stop overlooking Seimone Augustus

    Her heart might be split between Minneapolis, where she plays for the Lynx, and her hometown of Baton Rouge, but in her 11th season in the WNBA, Seimone Augustus' legacy is locked in.

    Oct 11 8:09 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx look to even series in Game 2

    Los Angeles leads Minnesota 1-0 in the best-of-five WNBA Finals. But the Lynx aren't panicking. They've come back before after losing the opener at home. Game 2 is Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET).

    Oct 10 8:34 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks steal Game 1 on Beard's buzzer-beater

    She is best known as a fierce and feared defender. But with the ball in her hands when the game was on the line, veteran guard Alana Beard helped L.A. stun Minnesota in the WNBA Finals opener.

    Oct 10 10:19 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA legends project Finals to be a classic

    If anyone knows what it takes to win a WNBA championship, it's the players on the WNBA's 20@20 list. From Sue Bird to Lisa Leslie, they break down key players and X factors in the WNBA Finals.

    Oct 9 4:20 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx take aim at history, fourth WNBA title

    The Comets have always been the standard-bearer in the WNBA after winning the first four titles in league history. But Minnesota can match Houston if it gets by L.A. in the 2016 WNBA Finals.

    Oct 7 4:21 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA Finals primer: How do Lynx, Sparks match up?

    Minnesota and Los Angeles looked to be on a collision course all season. Before Game 1 of the WNBA Finals tips, we look at four areas that could determine which team hoists the 2016 WNBA trophy.

    Oct 6 10:08 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA Finals matchup exactly what we hoped for

    Star power. The MVP. Two teams equally good on both ends of the floor. Yes, Minnesota versus Los Angeles could be a very competitive series to end the WNBA's 20th anniversary season.

    Oct 6 10:07 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Brown was a constant in WNBA's first 20 seasons

    Renee Brown was at the epicenter of the WNBA's first 20 years. As she steps down, the league -- its leadership already in a transition year -- must find someone to keep building on her success.

    Oct 4 10:17 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sky again look to stifle Sparks' high-powered offense

    L.A. had Chicago on the ropes, but the Sky's zone defense turned around Game 3. Did it turn around the series, too, or can the Sparks regroup Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 ET) to return to the WNBA Finals?

    Oct 4 1:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Taylor retires as Mercury are eliminated

    The last standing of the star players who retired in 2016, Penny Taylor played her final game Sunday. It wasn't her best night, but once again no one could doubt that she gave everything she had.

    Oct 3 1:35 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Reserves help Lynx sweep Mercury

    Considering the damage Minnesota's stars can do, it seems like overkill that its bench combined for 29 points to help the Lynx reach their fifth trip to the WNBA Finals in the past six years.

    Oct 3 12:57 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel