Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • 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

  • Lynx, Sparks look to complete sweeps

    Top seeds Minnesota and Los Angeles have looked every bit the best in the league in building 2-0 leads in the WNBA semifinals. Can Phoenix and Chicago extend their respective series Sunday?

    Oct 2 12:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Parker at her peak as series shifts to Chicago

    Candace Parker desperately wants another trip to the WNBA Finals. The fact her Sparks -- who are up 2-0 against the Sky -- might clinch it in her hometown in Chicago is especially meaningful.

    Oct 1 5:12 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sparks' Lavender a game-changer off bench

    It's hard to argue that Jantel Lavender should start for L.A. with a pair of MVPs ahead of her in the post. Reverting back to a reserve role wasn't easy -- Lavender just makes it look that way.

    Sep 30 12:44 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sky have no answers for Ogwumike, Parker

    On the same night she was presented the MVP trophy, Nneka Ogwumike teamed with two-time MVP Candace Parker as an unstoppable force in the post, combining for 57 points as L.A. beat Chicago.

    Sep 29 3:27 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA's premier players to face off in semifinals

    They are former UConn stars who went on to become MVPs and WNBA champions. Don't miss the opportunity to see Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi on the same floor again when Phoenix meets Minnesota.

    Sep 28 11:20 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Ogwumike is a winner in every sense

    Statistically, Nneka Ogwumike was the right pick for this season's WNBA MVP. But don't overlook her fierce competitiveness and all the intangible things she brings to the Sparks.

    Sep 27 8:50 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Top seeds Lynx, Sparks look to hold off challengers

    So far, the regular season hasn't been much of an indicator of what's to come in the playoffs. Can eighth-seeded Phoenix pull another upset? Will Chicago continue to win without its star?

    Sep 27 1:03 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Milton-Jones ready for next phase

    At 42, DeLisha Milton-Jones felt ready for one more season. But she never got the call. The former two-time WNBA champion has now retired, and looks forward to embracing her role as a coach.

    Sep 27 7:44 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Sky overcome Delle Donne's absence to reach semis

    No Elena Delle Donne? No problem. The Sky were bursting with offensive confidence and got boosts from Courtney Vandersloot and Jessica Breland, who played the best playoff games of their careers.

    Sep 26 2:43 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Remember us? Lynx ready to face Mercury

    With six former No. 1 draft picks and 11 players who competed in the Rio Games, the Minnesota-Phoenix playoff matchup is star-studded. What can we expect in their best-of-five semifinal series?

    Sep 25 4:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mercury, Dream move on in WNBA playoffs

    Phoenix and Atlanta already survived one single-elimination playoff game. Now they advance to the second round looking for upsets to keep their WNBA seasons alive.

    Sep 23 2:29 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA players should be applauded for taking a stand

    WNBA players are among the most educated and politically aware athletes in sports. So it was no surprise Wednesday that they took a stand by kneeling during the anthem as the playoffs opened.

    Sep 22 12:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • No surprise: Catchings competes right to the end

    It was classic Tamika Catchings. With her coach trying to give her a curtain call, Catchings waived off the sub and played her final 13.1 seconds with the same effort that defined her career.

    Sep 22 12:57 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Will Penny Taylor extend her career?

    We'll say goodbye to a much-loved WNBA player and see if a team can overcome an ill-timed suspension when the first round of the WNBA playoffs opens Wednesday with two single-elimination games.

    Sep 21 7:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Entire Fever team kneels during national anthem

    The entire Indiana Fever team knelt and locked arms Wednesday night during the playing of the national anthem.

    Sep 22 7:48 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Will Taylor or Catchings extend her career?

    We'll say goodbye to a much-loved WNBA player and see if a team can overcome an ill-timed suspension when the first round of the WNBA playoffs opens Wednesday with two single-elimination games.

    Sep 21 11:19 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Storm peaking at the perfect time as playoffs open

    With Sue Bird having one of her best seasons, and rookie Breanna Stewart and second-year player Jewell Loyd already at home in Seattle, the Storm won five of six games entering the postseason.

    Sep 20 3:13 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • New format but same favorite as WNBA playoffs open

    Defending champion Minnesota seeks to become the first team to repeat in over a decade. But before the Lynx and Sparks hit the court, four single-elimination games will determine their opponents.

    Sep 19 3:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel