Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • UConn remains calm in pursuit of four-peat

    What does it feel like to be a win away from four titles in as many years? UConn has a shot Tuesday. Will the Huskies hoist the trophy with a sense of peace or be haunted by falling short?

    Apr 5 4:28 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Former Big East foes UConn, Syracuse to meet in final

    For the fourth straight year, two teams from the former Big East Conference will play for the national championship. In its first title game, Syracuse will try to pull off the upset of the ages.

    Apr 4 11:57 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tuck steps up, leads UConn to title game

    Breanna Stewart had a slow start and UConn lost Katie Lou Samuelson to injury. But it was business as usual for Morgan Tuck, who led the Huskies to the title game with 21 points.

    Apr 3 11:12 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Right place, right time for UW coach Neighbors

    Two heart attacks before he was 40 have given Washington coach Mike Neighbors a unique perspective. Instead of worrying about the possibilities, he dreamed of them.

    Apr 3 10:14 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Stewart wins 2nd Wade Trophy in a row

    Breanna Stewart of the UConn Huskies wins a second straight Wade Trophy and joins teammates Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck on the WBCA All-American team.

    Apr 2 11:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Focused UConn blocks out the noise

    As UConn inches closer to a historic fourth straight title, potential distractions are everywhere. But none of it ever seems to affect the Huskies. Can Oregon State end the dream?

    Apr 3 4:44 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Geno, others downplay Final Four full of male coaches

    For the first time, all four head coaches in the Women's Final Four are men. But as even Geno Auriemma said, reading too deep into that takes away from what the players and coaches have achieved.

    Mar 31 2:44 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Rueck builds Beavers into national contender

    Oregon State won nine games in Scott Rueck's first season as coach. In his sixth, the second-seeded Beavers are bound for their first Final Four.

    Mar 29 2:54 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Oregon State punches first Final Four ticket

    Oregon State upset No. 1 seed Baylor to advance to Indy. The Beavers, who will face UConn in the national semifinals, join Pac-12 counterpart Washington and Syracuse as Final Four first-timers.

    Mar 28 11:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn is advancing women's basketball -- not killing it

    Give UConn credit for its dominance without simultaneously nullifying it. Because just like the UCLA men, the Huskies women are raising the bar in college basketball.

    Mar 29 3:19 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Baylor aiming to complete Final Four mission

    Since winning it all in 2012, Baylor has lost in the Sweet 16 to Louisville in 2013 and in the Elite Eight the past two seasons to Notre Dame. The Lady Bears face Oregon State on Monday.

    Mar 27 5:42 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Syracuse rides fearless spirit to first Final Four

    Overlooked by most and long dwarfed by that mammoth program to the southeast, Syracuse finally has our attention. Playing with a fearless spirit, the Orange head to Indy on a wave of vindication.

    Mar 27 10:12 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • How Syracuse reached its first Final Four

    Syracuse took down two SEC teams, top-seeded South Carolina and No. 7 seed Tennessee, to become the first team from New York state ever to make the Women's Final Four.

    Mar 27 6:59 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Beavers out to make more history vs. Baylor

    While Baylor has been to the Final Four before, winning titles in 2005 and 2012 and making the national semifinals in 2010, it's the first time in the Elite Eight for Oregon State.

    Mar 26 11:26 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Why Oregon State now can be considered elite

    Saturday was just Oregon State's second Sweet 16 appearance. But in the win against DePaul, the Beavers looked worthy of playing for a spot in the Women's Final Four.

    Mar 26 9:05 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tennessee, Syracuse peaking at perfect time

    By seed, neither No. 4 Syracuse nor No. 7 Tennessee was expected to reach the Elite Eight. But whether it's the Orange's first trip or the Lady Vols' 28th, they are playing their best ball.

    Mar 26 8:12 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • How Baylor rose above Florida State

    A day after two No. 1 seeds were wiped out of the NCAA tournament, Baylor looked dominant as it advanced to the Elite Eight. Nina Davis led the way with a second straight 30-point performance.

    Mar 26 7:27 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • March was made for nights like Friday

    Four games. Four upsets. Two No. 1 seeds ousted. Friday's stunners are what make March Madness so dramatic and are a symbol of much-needed parity. But did things just get easier for UConn?

    Mar 26 11:01 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • How Lady Vols dispatched Ohio State

    Tennessee established itself in the opening 10 minutes, when the Lady Vols took a 23-10 lead over the Buckeyes after one quarter.

    Mar 26 1:37 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • With nothing to lose, Syracuse pulls off upset

    Syracuse played loose and relaxed -- and stuck to its game plan -- in handing South Carolina, a team with expectations of making the Final Four, just its second loss of the season.

    Mar 26 4:10 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Syracuse stuns top-seeded South Carolina

    With its improbable victory, Syracuse delivered just the second loss of the season to top-seeded South Carolina, whose other defeat was to No. 1-ranked UConn in February.

    Mar 26 4:11 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tennessee's mission: Slow down OSU's Mitchell

    Kelsey Mitchell is among the most elite scorer any team will ever face in the college game. And Tennessee must do what few have pulled off this season: Prevent the Ohio State star from going off.

    Mar 24 3:26 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Wilson right on track at South Carolina

    In just two seasons, A'ja Wilson has developed into one of the top players in the country -- and that's exactly what coach Dawn Staley envisioned when she recruited the South Carolina native.

    Mar 24 1:35 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel previews each matchup of the Sweet 16

    The Sweet 16 is set, and, as expected, all four No. 1 seeds reached the regional semifinals. But a pair of No. 7 seeds helped erase some chalk, while the Pac-12 and SEC make up half the field.

    Mar 22 3:41 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: How Plum and UW stunned Maryland

    Playing more than 2,700 miles from Seattle, Kelsey Plum scored 32 points, and No. 7 seed Washington ended Maryland's quest for a third consecutive Final Four appearance.

    Mar 22 | By Mechelle Voepel