Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Missouri's Cunningham is espnW's player of the week

    After scoring 54 points in a pair of wins, including the winning, last-second layup in an upset of No. 6 South Carolina on Sunday, Tigers sophomore Sophie Cunningham earned our weekly honor.

    Feb 20 12:06 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mizzou's upset proves costly for South Carolina

    The Tigers' win guarantees their first winning record in SEC play -- and drops the No. 6 Gamecocks into second place in the league and to a No. 2 seed in Charlie Creme's Bracketology.

    Feb 19 9:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • NC State back in Reynolds and back in Top 25

    Kay Yow could get a huge amount of joy out of the smallest things. So imagine how big her smile would be at the sight of the remodeled Reynolds Coliseum and the way No. 15 NC State is playing.

    Feb 15 1:34 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Gabby Williams leads UConn to 100th win in a row

    With 26 points and 14 rebounds, Gabby Williams helped seal the Huskies' landmark 100th straight win -- and the junior forward embodies all the qualities that have made UConn the standard-bearer.

    Feb 14 3:19 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn on brink of 100th win in a row

    Playing at a consistently high level many programs couldn't locate on radar, the UConn women are one win shy of a 100th straight victory. Only South Carolina stands in the way (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET).

    Feb 13 12:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • A'ja Wilson living out dad's dream at South Carolina

    Roscoe Wilson Jr. just missed being one of the first black basketball players at South Carolina. Now his daughter, All-American A'ja Wilson, has become one of the faces of the university.

    Feb 10 10:38 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UCLA, Texas pull off top-10 upsets on the road

    UCLA hadn't won at Stanford since 1999. Baylor hadn't lost to Texas since 2010. The Bruins and Longhorns stunned top-10 teams on the road Monday just hours after the NCAA's second top-16 reveal.

    Feb 7 1:54 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn stays No. 1 overall in latest top-16 reveal

    UConn, which has won 97 consecutive games, remains the overall No. 1 as projected by the NCAA women's basketball committee in the latest top-16 reveal. NC State and DePaul joined the list.

    Feb 7 1:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Coaching pioneer VanDerveer nets 1,000th win

    Stanford's Tara VanDerveer might have stumbled into a coaching career, but she was a quick study. Two of the earliest lessons she learned shaped her journey to Friday's historic 1,000th victory.

    Feb 4 3:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • VanDerveer's grand victory moves her into elite company

    With Stanford's win Friday, Tara VanDerveer became just the third coach in NCAA D-I hoops history to win 1,000 games. Only Pat Summitt (1,089) and Mike Krzyzewski (1,060) have more victories.

    Feb 4 1:38 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • How good can the Mystics be with Delle Donne?

    Elena Delle Donne's likely move to Washington is one of the biggest trades in WNBA history. Are the Mystics -- who have had more downs than ups in 19 seasons -- on the verge of something great?

    Feb 1 8:17 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tennessee takes aim at SEC leader South Carolina

    They helped lead North Carolina to the Elite Eight in 2014. But Tennessee's Diamond DeShields and South Carolina's Allisha Gray will be on opposite sides on Big Monday (ESPN2, 6 p.m. ET).

    Jan 30 11:10 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Culture

    Mary Tyler Moore really did make it after all

    Mary Tyler Moore was a comedic icon. But her eponymous show -- which broke barriers and followed the journey of a woman who found her voice in the workplace -- was her crowning achievement.

    Jan 26 2:58 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Buffaloes have reason to believe in new era

    The Pac-12 is better than ever in women's hoops. But it's also been a tough home for Colorado so far. Coach JR Payne and sophomore Kennedy Leonard aim to get the Buffs back to their winning ways.

    Jan 26 12:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Gamecocks win SEC showdown

    Monday's matchup between No. 5 South Carolina and previously unbeaten Mississippi State didn't disappoint. The top teams in the SEC looked like Final Four contenders and played like No. 1 seeds.

    Jan 24 9:29 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn top seed for NCAA tourney early reveal

    In the NCAA women's basketball committee's early reveal of the top 16 seeds, unbeaten Connecticut, riding a 93-game winning streak, is the No. 1 overall seed.

    Jan 23 9:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Arizona State looks ready for a postseason run

    The Sun Devils fizzled late last season with an early exit from the NCAA tourney. A couple tough losses and injuries slowed this season's start. But now they might be peaking at the right time.

    Jan 19 2:21 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tennessee channels trademark strengths in upset

    Tennessee (11-6) still has concerns. But the Lady Vols upset No. 6 Notre Dame -- a win seemingly tailor-made for "We Back Pat" -- by summoning the qualities that Pat Summitt valued most.

    Jan 17 12:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Maryland's Jones is espnW's player of the week

    After tying a school record with 42 points and passing 1,000 career rebounds, Brionna Jones nabbed our weekly honor. The Terps' top scorer and rebounder has eight straight double-doubles.

    Jan 16 1:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • It's business as usual for UConn in record-setting win

    No matter the setting or what's at stake, the UConn women focus on the big picture. With a historic 91st straight win in hand, the never-satisfied Huskies remain intent on winning title No. 12.

    Jan 14 9:52 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn breaks own NCAA record with 91st straight win

    The UConn women scored the game's first 21 points and gave up a season-low two points in the first quarter of Saturday's victory, breaking the NCAA record they set in 2010 for longest win streak.

    Jan 14 9:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • How has UConn been so good for so long?

    The Huskies own the two longest winning streaks in NCAA hoops history. They have Hall of Fame-level coaching and top-level recruiting. But what five other factors go into their sustained success?

    Jan 12 3:29 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    The perfect ending for Dunning

    With a dream lineup returning, some may wonder why John Dunning retired now. The answer? Winning his fifth national title was the perfect ending to a legendary coaching career.

    Jan 10 6:23 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • In 89-game run, UConn has always had the answer

    The Huskies' 89-game win streak has held little drama. Even in games expected to be some of their biggest tests, their trademark runs, depth and championship mindset have turned away all comers.

    Jan 9 4:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Samuelson sparks UConn past No. 4 Maryland

    Geno Auriemma says UConn has plenty to improve. The bottom line: The Huskies are pretty awesome. On Thursday, when their win streak might have ended, Katie Lou Samuelson made sure it didn't.

    Dec 30 1:05 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel