Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Competitive tourneys help tip off Championship Week

    With as many as eight ACC and SEC teams possibly headed to the NCAA tournament, the Power 5 conference tournaments -- all of which crown champs Sunday and Monday -- promise to be competitive.

    Mar 1 1:39 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mulkey's message muddled by anger, frustration

    Kim Mulkey said her comments on Saturday stemmed from feeling everyone at Baylor was being accused of being complicit in the university's sexual assault scandal. But her message missed the mark.

    Feb 28 12:21 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Washington's Plum is espnW's player of the week

    Kelsey Plum had 57 points -- fifth-most in a single game in women's D-I history -- to pass Jackie Stiles as the women's NCAA leading scorer. Plum is a three-time player of the week this season.

    Feb 27 2:38 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Baylor's Mulkey expresses regret over remarks

    Baylor coach Kim Mulkey says she regrets remarks she made over the school's sexual assault scandal in regard to parents who are against their daughters attending the university.

    Feb 28 12:03 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Like Stiles, Plum breaks mark in front of home crowd

    Jackie Stiles set the NCAA women's hoops scoring record in front of a packed house at home 16 years ago. In passing Stiles, Kelsey Plum also gave the home crowd a monumental performance Saturday.

    Feb 25 10:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA president: Stunned by Wiggins remarks

    WNBA president Lisa Borders said she was "stunned and disappointed" after reading former player Candice Wiggins' comments on her experience in the league.

    Feb 23 3:39 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA players dispute Candice Wiggins' controversial allegations

    Candice Wiggins claims the WNBA has a bullying culture and is "98 percent gay." The league has no comment, but many current and former players said they've never experienced what she describes.

    Feb 23 2:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn No. 1, ND up to No. 4 in top-16 reveal

    UConn remains in the No. 1 overall spot in the NCAA women's basketball committee's top-16 latest reveal after hitting the 100 straight wins mark last week. Notre Dame jumped into the top four.

    Feb 21 2:20 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 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 20 3:56 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