Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • Big 12 preview: Baylor again setting standard

    Baylor has lost in the Elite Eight the past two seasons. Can anyone in the Big 12 stop the Lady Bears? Texas and Oklahoma look to be the biggest challengers.

    Nov 10 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stewart ready for final mission at UConn

    Breanna Stewart has won three NCAA titles. And as espnW's preseason player of the year begins her senior season, there's one more championship that, in her mind, she simply must win.

    Nov 9 12:22 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: DeShields ready for Tennessee debut

    A self-proclaimed firecracker during her one season at UNC, Diamond DeShields says she matured as she sat out 2014-15 as a redshirt. Can the sophomore star lead Tennessee back to the Final Four?

    Nov 7 12:19 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Q&A with NBA commissioner Adam Silver

    The day Laurel Richie stepped down as commissioner of the WNBA, NBA commissioner Adam Silver talked about the league's challenges and future in a Q&A with Mechelle Voepel.

    Nov 5 5:12 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA must focus on new president's skill set -- not gender

    Whoever succeeds Laurel Richie as the next WNBA president -- man or woman -- needs to bridge business and basketball and, with the support of Adam Silver, advance the league.

    Nov 5 5:06 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Stars ready to take over coming season

    Nina Davis, Diamond DeShields, Moriah Jefferson, Tiffany Mitchell and Breanna Stewart, who were at Tuesday's media day at ESPN, are in the spotlight now -- and it's where they are going to stay.

    Nov 6 12:29 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Dallas Wings era opens with high hopes

    The Tulsa Shock have officially moved. The Dallas Wings have a new logo and name, and they hope to find a successful foothold in a metropolitan area that has all four major men's pro leagues.

    Nov 3 4:02 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Key to UConn's consistency is in the details

    UConn is the favorite as the 2015-16 season opens, but the Huskies never get ahead of themselves, which is a big part of why it's so hard for anybody else to get ahead of them.

    Nov 2 9:56 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    NCAA volleyball: 5 things you need to know

    Minnesota is in the driver's seat in the Big Ten, Nebraska has fallen behind and unbeaten USC continues to dominate the competition in the Pac-12 and beyond in the Week 9 highlights.

    Nov 1 11:09 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • News & Commentary

    Voepel: Kansas enjoying view from the top

    No. 7 Kansas is off to the best start in program history at 19-0, but that will definitely be tested on Friday when the Jayhawks travel to Austin to face No. 2 Texas.

    Oct 22 3:09 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: One last look at the 2015 WNBA season

    That's a wrap. With the 2015 season officially in the books, Mechelle Voepel takes a team-by-team look at what went right for each squad -- and what to look forward to in 2016.

    Oct 21 5:08 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Augustus, Whalen step up to help Lynx win third title

    After battling injuries in the regular season, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen knew they wouldn't be 100 percent in the postseason. But they did enough to help the Lynx get another title.

    Oct 15 4:29 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Everything comes together for WNBA champion Lynx

    Minnesota might have been the preseason favorite, but its third title in five years didn't come without adversity. And on Wednesday, nothing was stopping Finals MVP Sylvia Fowles and the Lynx.

    Oct 15 3:07 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: WNBA Finals come down to decisive Game 5

    After four games and 160 minutes, the Lynx and Fever know each other so well that Game 5 is going to come down to "players making plays." And both teams still think their best game lies ahead.

    Oct 14 6:26 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Catchings' greatest legacy is making sure she's replaceable

    Tamika Catchings would love to add another WNBA title in her penultimate season. But her real legacy is empowering her teammates and making sure they can carry on without her when the time comes.

    Oct 13 7:37 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Game 5 is fitting end for well-played WNBA Finals

    Six years have passed since the last time the WNBA Finals went to Game 5. It's fitting this year's series -- with so much talent on display and both teams playing so hard -- will go the distance.

    Oct 13 4:00 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fever avoid elimination again, push Finals to Game 5

    The Fever are now 5-0 in elimination games this postseason. How do they keep doing it? It's the Fever way. And it means a winner-take-all Game 5 in a WNBA Finals that has been so fun to watch.

    Oct 12 2:38 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Taurasi comes out on top of best baller bracket

    Diana Taurasi topped espnW's best baller bracket from start to finish, holding off former UConn teammate Sue Bird to win the title as best women's basketball player ever after over 141,00 votes.

    Oct 11 10:30 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Goestenkors soaking up WNBA coaching experience

    Gail Goestenkors coached teams to four Final Four appearances. But in being part of Indiana's Finals run, the Fever assistant says the WNBA has so much more to teach coaches at every level.

    Oct 10 8:14 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Can resilient Fever stave off elimination yet again?

    Losing on a buzzer-beater might take the air out of many teams. But not Indiana, which already has successfully stared down elimination twice in the postseason. Can the Fever do it again?

    Oct 10 6:40 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Moore hits buzzer-beater in moment of 'greatness'

    Maya Moore has helped her teams win countless games without having to depend on last-second heroics. Friday in the WNBA Finals, the ball was in her hands at crunch time. The Lynx star delivered.

    Oct 10 3:29 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Fever moving forward, ready to host Game 3

    After a physical WNBA Finals encounter on Tuesday, Indiana and Minnesota are ready to move on to Friday's Game 3 (ESPN2, 8 ET). And they're bringing more of the same -- in a good way.

    Oct 9 1:36 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Class of 2009 draftees shine in WNBA Finals

    The 2009 WNBA draft class has proved to be one of the more successful groups in league history, including a quartet that is playing in the WNBA Finals between Indiana and Minnesota.

    Oct 9 10:17 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Finals help WNBA hit high note despite early-season adversities

    As usual, the WNBA season had its share of controversies and breaking news. But Minnesota and Indiana are proof that what happened on the court is more important than what happened off it.

    Oct 7 10:38 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Fowles fuels Minnesota in Game 2 victory in WNBA Finals

    Lynx center Sylvia Fowles ushered in her 30s in style, scoring 21 points on her 30th birthday and giving Minnesota exactly what it needed to beat Indiana and level the WNBA Finals at 1-1.

    Oct 7 3:12 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel