Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Voepel: High expectations face Jolly Harper at NC State

    Kellie Jolly Harper might not have been Kay Yow's choice to follow in her footsteps, but the former Lady Vols star brings a lot of positives to NC State.

    Apr 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Auriemma the right choice for USA Basketball

    As UConn's coach, Geno Auriemma faces high expectations year-round. Which is why he is perfectly suited to take over the U.S. women's basketball team -- and long due the honor.

    Apr 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: 2009 WNBA draft quiz

    Nobody ever really knows on draft day how each team's picks are going to pan out. But there are no wrong answers here.

    Apr 10 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Dream have plenty of potential, but ...

    In selecting Angel McCoughtry with the No. 1 pick Thursday, the Dream added yet another talented player. But has Atlanta left too much to chance with its mix of personalities?

    Apr 9 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Who might go first overall in Thursday's WNBA draft?

    The college season has come to an end. And for seniors, it means shifting attention toward Thursday's WNBA draft and who might go first overall.

    Apr 8 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Recapping perfection

    Counting UConn's win Tuesday to cap a 39-0 season, five teams have run the table. A look back at each of their seasons.

    Apr 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Moore's offense, defense, deference help Huskies win

    Maya Moore's greatest achievement in UConn's perfect season was neither her offense nor her defense. It was her deference in letting it be senior point guard Renee Montgomery's team.

    Apr 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Oh Holy Husky Trinity

    Tuesday's win gives UConn three of the five unbeaten Division I women's teams in history. But which is the best perfect squad ever?

    Apr 7 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn back on top, Auriemma back in spotlight

    Geno Auriemma is back in the spotlight in St. Louis, wise-cracking about race, the West Coast and even his players. But whether Auriemma's Huskies finish on top, the coach is always at the top of his profession.

    Apr 6 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Teams insist final isn't a foregone conclusion

    Past history (and two routs) indicate UConn might clobber Louisville again Tuesday when they play for the NCAA title. But don't tell the players or coaches involved that it's a done deal.

    Apr 6 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn one win shy of a perfect season

    As soon as UConn returned from its loss in Tampa at least year's Final Four, the Huskies met and began building toward Tuesday, when one victory will wrap up the fifth perfect season in Division I women's history.

    Apr 6 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Louisville looking for one last upset in Tuesday's final

    Is beating a perfect opponent Louisville has lost to twice this season by an average of 33.5 points too much to ask? Maybe not. These Cardinals have toppled top seeds and overcome the odds throughout this NCAA tournament.

    Apr 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Louisville comes together

    In its first Women's Final Four, Louisville looked like a different team -- in a bad way. The Cardinals seemed down and out against Oklahoma, but a second-half comeback led them all the way to their first championship game.

    Apr 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Sooners bid farewell to Paris twins

    Ultimately, Courtney Paris fell short of helping OU win its first NCAA title. But she and twin sister Ashley left their mark and lifted the program to its best season in seven years.

    Apr 5 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: UConn's Charles ready to rise to occasion

    Geno Auriemma has said all along that Tina Charles' consistent play in the post might be the key to UConn's sixth NCAA title. Charles is ready to answer the call.

    Apr 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Paris so much more than a promise

    Her promise to pay back her $64,000 scholarship was more devotional pledge than cocky guarantee -- and a perfect example of who the real Courtney Paris is.

    Apr 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stanford-UConn redux about much more than revenge

    A year ago, Stanford beat UConn on this very stage. But don't think their Final Four rematch is about revenge. Both teams have changed a lot in the past 12 months, and both teams have plenty to prove.

    Apr 4 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Oklahoma's helping Hand

    Whitney Hand's positive personality and potent 3-pointers often relax Oklahoma. And that's just what the Sooners need at the pressure-packed Final Four.

    Apr 3 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Reunited ... and it feels so good

    After sharing the court as counselors at a basketball summer camp, Jayne Appel, Angel McCoughtry, Renee Montgomery and Courtney Paris will share the spotlight in St. Louis at the Final Four.

    Apr 1 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Paris, Sooners take step closer to goal

    All Courtney Paris has ever wanted is to lead Oklahoma to a national title. With a lot of help from her teammates Tuesday, the Sooners took a step closer to that goal, advancing past Purdue and into OU's second Final Four.

    Mar 31 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Coleman, Toliver come up short in senior season

    Though Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver fell short of another Final Four, the seniors will be remembered for re-establishing a winning tradition at Maryland.

    Mar 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Seeds aside, the better team won in Raleigh

    No. 3 seed Louisville toppled 1-seed Maryland on Monday to reach its first Final Four. But instead of feeling like an upset, the better team won thanks to stars who rose to the occasion and a bench that came through when it mattered.

    Mar 30 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Paths finally cross for Coleman, McCoughtry

    If life had taken a different route, Maryland natives Marissa Coleman and Angel McCoughtry might have been college teammates. But Monday, Coleman's Terps and McCoughtry's Cardinals clash in the Elite Eight.

    Mar 29 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Oklahoma City offers sweet experience

    There will be no shortage of fans in Oklahoma City on Sunday. The women's Sweet 16 lineup includes the hometown Sooners, and the crowd should be riled up following the OU men's Elite Eight game.

    Mar 29 11:34 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: All that matters now is one more win

    The march to the Arch is nearly complete. The Final Four is about to take shape. And one more win is all that matters ... until we reach St. Louis.

    Mar 29 | By Mechelle Voepel