Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Big tests await young No. 14 Texas

    Graduation took a big toll on Texas. But coach Karen Aston knows the only thing to do is keep improving, and that means taking on big challenges. South Carolina, UConn and Tennessee are up next.

    Dec 1 1:52 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Virginia Tech's Hicks is espnW's player of the week

    After leading the Hokies (6-0) to an upset of No. 17 Tennessee, sophomore guard Chanette Hicks nabbed espnW's weekly honor.

    Nov 28 11:12 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    NCAA volleyball: So many questions, so little time

    Four teams fight for supremacy in the SEC. Washington, UCLA and Stanford all still have a shot in the Pac-12. The Big Ten is Nebraska's to lose. And Kansas tries to hang on in the Big 12.

    Nov 22 1:18 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Baylor's size could pose problems for UConn

    After squeaking by in its season opener, four-time defending NCAA champion UConn faces an even bigger test on Thursday when second-ranked Baylor and its young but powerful post game visit Storrs.

    Nov 17 2:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • South Carolina's Alaina Coates is a true throwback center

    The South Carolina center isn't the best player on her own team. But the 6-foot-4 star could muscle her way into becoming the best pro prospect in the nation.

    Nov 16 9:06 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Believe it: #tallgirlproblems are real

    From jeans that fit like capris to corny and cliché one-liners to cramped quarters on airplanes, these women's basketball players live #tallgirlproblems on a daily basis.

    Nov 16 12:26 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    NCAA volleyball: Conference races too close to call

    In a dozen days, the NCAA will unveil its volleyball bracket. Oregon, Nebraska and Florida -- not to mention Minnesota and Wisconsin -- still have some killer hurdles to clear.

    Nov 15 12:52 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Race feels wide open as season tips off

    The 2016-17 women's college basketball season gets underway Friday, and for the first time in awhile, a sense of possibility is in the air. Or at least everybody is telling themselves that.

    Nov 11 11:43 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    NCAA volleyball: Big Ten goes 1-2-3 in NCAA reveal

    It's no surprise: The NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee thinks the teams to beat reside in the Big Ten.

    Nov 9 10:45 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Can South Carolina take the next step?

    The Gamecocks reached their first Final Four in 2015. With A'ja Wilson and Alaina Coates leading the way, South Carolina has its sights set on returning to the semis -- and getting even further.

    Nov 8 3:47 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • So UConn, now what?

    Geno Auriemma insists his four-time defending NCAA champion shouldn't be anywhere near No. 1 in preseason polls. But we've learned not to overlook UConn, which seeks a 10th straight Final Four.

    Nov 4 1:32 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Race for player of the year is wide-open

    UConn's Breanna Stewart dominated the past four seasons. Who will step into the spotlight now? "I don't think there's a clear-cut player of the year," Irish coach Muffet McGraw said.

    Nov 1 9:26 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sports

    NCAA volleyball: Fun days at Missouri, Nebraska

    Unranked Missouri stops Kentucky's winning streak and extends its own to 13, and Nebraska turns back Wisconsin and Minnesota to stay No. 1. Texas and San Diego, meanwhile, prep for tests.

    Oct 25 9:40 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA season wrap: 2016 showcased league's talent

    The WNBA's 20th anniversary season opened with a lot of reflection, but 2016 will most be remembered for how it ended, with a thrilling WNBA Finals and a successful new playoff format.

    Oct 26 2:49 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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