Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Delle Donne returns to Chicago, leads Mystics past Sky

    After some early butterflies in her first game back in Chicago, where she played four seasons before asking for a trade to Washington earlier this year, Elena Delle Donne scored a game-high 21 points and the Mystics got their first road win of the season.

    May 25 2:06 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx look to continue hot start to 2017 season

    Even a franchise that has won three titles in six years needs time to jell. But Minnesota, which is off to a 3-0 start, is already inching closer to really feeling in sync. Will 0-2 Connecticut have an answer Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET)?

    May 22 1:42 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • You don't know Diana Taurasi

    The words swagger and cocky come to mind, but there's also a thoughtful, reflective side of Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi, who opens up about her marriage to Penny Taylor and what's to come in her career as she closes in on the WNBA scoring mark.

    May 26 1:33 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Taurasi inks multiyear extension with Mercury

    Seven-time WNBA All-Star Diana Taurasi has signed a multiyear contract extension with the Mercury, the team announced Tuesday.

    May 26 9:56 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Currie, Loyd step up as WNBA season opens

    The Stars and Storm each had two games on opening weekend, during which San Antonio's Monique Currie and Seattle's Jewell Loyd put in some of the best performances as the 2017 season tipped off.

    May 15 6:34 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Gamecock rookies help Wings run past Mercury

    It's only one game, but the Wings had to like what they saw Sunday, when they annihilated Phoenix on the boards and got impactful performances from rookies Kaela Davis and Allisha Gray.

    May 15 1:06 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Reigning champion Sparks pick up where they left off

    The Sparks raised their WNBA championship banner Saturday to go with the two the franchise won in 2001 and '02, then beat Seattle and talked about what it will take to add trophy No. 4.

    May 13 10:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA moms grateful for a lot -- but there is more to be done

    A handful of moms will be on the court when the WNBA opens its season this Mother's Day weekend. What are their biggest challenges? How is the players union working to improve things for them?

    May 12 6:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 5 final questions before the 2017 WNBA season opens

    What should we expect from Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and the new-look Mercury? Will the Sun surprise us even without Chiney Ogwumike? Can Seattle find the same success it had late in 2016?

    May 13 1:57 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Minnesota ready to move on from WNBA Finals loss

    Losing in the final seconds of Game 5 of the WNBA Finals -- which prevented Minnesota from winning back-to-back titles -- lingered for a while. But the Lynx remain the league's standard-bearer.

    May 10 9:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Thibault says Mystics are 'a work in progress'

    Elena Delle Donne instantly makes the Mystics a more diverse team offensively. But as coach Mike Thibault cautions, Washington needs time to jell. "The end product could be pretty good," he said.

    May 10 7:37 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • What do champion Sparks do for an encore?

    Los Angeles finally returned to championship form last season. Nneka Ogwumike, Candace Parker and most of the key components return. Although the Sparks will miss Kristi Toliver, can they repeat?

    May 9 2:56 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Can Sparks' Ogwumike repeat as WNBA MVP?

    Only one player in WNBA history has won back-to-back MVP awards. Maya Moore, Tina Charles, Breanna Stewart and Elena Delle Donne are the biggest competition to reigning MVP Nneka Ogwumike.

    May 10 9:37 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx lead way in preseason WNBA power rankings

    We're picking up this WNBA season where we left off last year: Minnesota and defending champion Los Angeles appear to be the top two teams. But New York and Washington might not be far behind.

    May 8 12:38 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • January ready to step up as Fever's leader

    With Tamika Catchings retired and moved to the front office, Briann January is left as Indiana's longest-tenured active player. And no one is more ready for an expanded leadership role.

    Apr 27 9:38 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • After missing NCAA title run, Coates' name called early in WNBA draft

    Three Gamecocks were drafted in the top 10 picks Thursday. Being selected No. 2 overall was especially gratifying for Alaina Coates, who was sidelined for South Carolina's NCAA championship run.

    Apr 14 2:41 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Five observations from the 2017 WNBA draft

    San Antonio, Chicago and Dallas -- which combined for seven of 12 first-round picks -- set the tone in Thursday's WNBA draft. Which teams immediately helped themselves? Which players might stick?

    Apr 14 3:01 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mock draft: Predicting the WNBA draft's first round

    With few players who rate as sure bets to succeed in the league, and with new leadership in place for the teams with the top picks, Thursday's WNBA draft doesn't lend itself to easy predictions.

    Apr 13 12:00 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • After Plum, rest of WNBA draft is unpredictable

    Chicago's No. 2 pick -- which could be any of three players -- will determine much of Thursday's WNBA draft. And, one of the league's coaches warns, "some first-round picks could get cut."

    Apr 13 7:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Is Coffey the answer for Chicago's No. 2 draft pick?

    With Elena Delle Donne gone, the Sky must make up her points by committee. If Kelsey Plum goes No. 1, a player with a proven track record of production like Nia Coffey might be a good start.

    Apr 11 2:05 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Report: Iowa St.'s Fennelly dismissed from suit

    A judge has dismissed Iowa State women's hoops coach Bill Fennelly as a defendant in a race discrimination and retaliation suit filed by former Cyclones star Nikki Moody, according to a report.

    Apr 11 12:38 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Johnson, Riley are on the clock in San Antonio

    Vickie Johnson and Ruth Riley were teammates in San Antonio. Now as the team's coach and general manager, they're tasked with turning around the Stars, beginning with Thursday's No. 1 draft pick.

    Apr 10 2:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Gamecocks could provide help for Wings

    The Final Four just ended in Dallas, but the focus remains there as the Wings have three first-round WNBA draft picks. Will one of them be from the national champion Gamecocks?

    Apr 7 1:31 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 5 factors contributing to South Carolina's remarkable turnaround

    A mere six weeks before the NCAA final, the Gamecocks were struggling. Bolstered by coach Dawn Staley's unwavering belief in her team, here's how South Carolina executed its championship run.

    Apr 4 6:39 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Title-game benching of 'Itty Bitty' causes big stir

    Bulldogs coach Vic Schaefer sat star point guard Morgan "Itty Bitty" William for much of the title game against South Carolina, a move that continues to be second-guessed.

    Apr 4 2:51 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel