Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Ready for the women's bracket to be revealed

    We know who the No. 1 seeds are. We know UConn is the overwhelming favorite. But what surprises might await when the women's NCAA tournament bracket is unveiled (ESPN/WatchESPN, 7 p.m. ET)?

    Mar 14 1:12 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Projected No. 1 seeds take care of business

    With plenty of games left in Championship Week, the best teams have made their cases. The top seeds are firmly set, and it will take some crazy March madness for a surprise visitor in Indy.

    Mar 8 1:55 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Mitchell, Gamecocks right where they want to be

    Senior All-American Tiffany Mitchell had to assume a different role this season for South Carolina to take yet another step forward. So far, so good for the SEC champion Gamecocks.

    Mar 6 8:32 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Gamecocks peaking at right time

    Critics had come down hard on South Carolina, but the Gamecocks silenced them with their most impressive performance of 2016. Up next? A Mississippi State team that relishes the underdog role.

    Mar 6 12:41 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Kentucky, Tennessee rock chalk to reach SEC semis

    The SEC semifinals are set. South Carolina, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Tennessee aren't the top four seeds -- but they're the teams that have played the best so far in the tournament.

    Mar 5 12:20 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 'Energy and smiles' make the difference for Tennessee

    As Tennessee illustrated with Thursday's dominant win -- its second straight -- time has not run out. The Lady Vols look like they have some mojo back and are building that NCAA tourney resume.

    Mar 3 11:51 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Court offers comfort, stability for ISU's Johnson

    Seanna Johnson -- one of the Big 12's top players -- has been the Cyclones' rock this season. And now, when she most needs that reciprocated, the Iowa State community has responded.

    Mar 2 7:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Teams prepare for final shot to lock up NCAA bid

    Bubble teams have one last shot to make the case that they belong in the NCAA tournament. We preview the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC tourneys as teams face off for conference supremacy.

    Mar 2 12:40 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voices

    Q&A with WNBA star Tamika Catchings

    In her book, "Catch A Star: Shining through Adversity to Become a Champion," Tamika Catchings details how she adapted to a hearing impairment and how it molded her into the person she is today.

    Mar 2 10:26 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn ready to raise bar even higher

    Championship Week is here, which means the great somehow get greater -- and perfect UConn will find a way to raise its level even higher in the postseason.

    Mar 1 1:42 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Top 4 unchanged in committee's final rankings

    The NCAA women's basketball committee released a top 10 with the same crop of teams for the third consecutive week on Tuesday, with UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Baylor as the top four.

    Feb 29 9:22 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • USF's Williams puts in work to excel on court

    Courtney Williams has been one of the top scoring guards in the country the past couple of years. In fact, UConn's Geno Auriemma compares her game to that of former Notre Dame star Jewell Loyd.

    Feb 28 7:15 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Questions linger after USA Basketball camp

    This week's USA Basketball camp came and went, and while Geno Auriemma was impressed with the group, the heir apparent at point guard remains the national team's overriding question.

    Feb 24 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn's Stewart savors 'break' to focus on USA camp

    There's no question Breanna Stewart is good enough to be on the U.S. Olympic team in Rio. But can the UConn senior snag one of just 12 roster spots? She certainly made her case this week.

    Feb 23 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Tennessee must focus on present, and future

    After 31 years, Tennessee is unranked, and it's the end of a remarkable streak. But in order to regain momentum, the Lady Vols must build for the future by staying in the present.

    Feb 22 10:17 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Delle Donne appreciates Banham's game

    Is it great to have a green light as a shooter? What's the pressure like when shouldering the scoring load? Elena Delle Donne knows what Minnesota's high scorer, Rachel Banham, is going through.

    Feb 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Taurasi ready to return to top of her game

    After taking last WNBA season off to refresh and get stronger, Diana Taurasi wants to show in 2016, both in the WNBA and at the Rio Games, that she's still at the peak of her profession.

    Feb 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Hoops helps former Big 12 stars battle cancer

    Chameka Scott, NCAA champ at Baylor, and former Texas star Tiffany Jackson-Jones have learned how being an athlete, and the support of the hoops community, can be channeled into fighting cancer.

    Feb 20 1:49 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • South Carolina stays No. 2 in committee's top 10

    The latest version of the NCAA women's basketball committee's rankings were released Monday, with no changes among the top four of UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Baylor.

    Feb 15 8:38 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn's Stewart is espnW player of the week

    She's the type of player who stands out every game, but after her standout performance in the most anticipated game of the season, the Huskies' Breanna Stewart nabbed espnW's weekly honor.

    Feb 15 12:36 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Borders' big test is marketing WNBA

    Although Lisa Borders has many items on her to-do list, the WNBA's newest president must, first and foremost, figure out a way to successfully market the league and its stars.

    Feb 11 12:24 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Coca-Cola exec Borders named WNBA president

    Coca-Cola executive Lisa Borders was named the new president of the WNBA, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary season.

    Feb 10 10:59 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Liberty have high expectations for 2016

    Bill Laimbeer thinks the Liberty surprised themselves in 2015 with how well things came together. This year, with everybody back, and the addition of Shavonte Zellous, they won't be surprised.

    Feb 18 12:09 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn widens gap between everyone else

    Just like most other times UConn has played in a 1-2 showdown lately, the Huskies won easy. But just because we saw it coming doesn't mean they shouldn't be lauded for making it happen yet again.

    Feb 9 3:13 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Minnesota's Banham named espnW player of the week

    After scoring 60 points to tie the NCAA's single-game scoring record, the Gophers' Rachel Banham nabbed espnW's weekly honor.

    Feb 8 9:11 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel