Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • 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

  • Voepel: Five X factors for UConn vs. South Carolina

    From South Carolina's ability to score inside to UConn's endless supply of offensive weapons, we break down the keys to Big Monday's 1-2 unbeaten showdown.

    Feb 8 7:22 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Auriemma, Staley renew rivalry in 1-2 showdown

    UConn has been on top for decades. South Carolina seeks its place there, too. Both teams are led by coaches whose personas inspire greatness. Watch live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

    Feb 8 7:05 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: South Carolina seniors savor moment

    Seniors such as Tiffany Mitchell and Khadijah Sessions have helped build South Carolina into a national contender. Can the Gamecocks take that next step and knock off No. 1 UConn on Big Monday?

    Feb 4 9:29 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UCLA sneaks into NCAA committee's top 10

    UCLA is one of three Pac-12 schools in the NCAA's top-10 seeds, which were released Monday. The Bruins, in the No. 10 spot, were the only real surprise.

    Feb 1 7:29 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: After 30 years, Bulldogs finally beat Lady Vols

    For the first time, Mississippi State beat Tennessee on Thursday, marking a historical event in the annals of SEC women's basketball -- one that just might knock the Lady Vols out of the Top 25.

    Jan 29 1:56 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lynx-Mercury to kick off WNBA's 2016 season

    The 2016 WNBA season will tip off with a matchup that's become one of the league's bigger rivalries: Minnesota vs. Phoenix.

    Jan 28 5:34 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • WNBA implements conference-free playoff setup

    The WNBA playoffs will no longer be divided into the Eastern and Western Conferences. Instead, the top eight teams by winning percentage will make the playoffs, seeded 1-8 by record.

    Jan 28 6:51 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Mittie, Schneider out to rebuild Kansas State, Kansas

    Jeff Mittie is in his second season at Kansas State. Brandon Schneider, the first male coach in Kansas women's hoops history, is in his first with the Jayhawks. Can they rebuild their programs?

    Jan 27 2:18 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Team USA names finalists for WBB Olympic team

    The group of 25 finalists for the U.S. women's basketball Olympic team has both longtime veterans of international play and the top college senior in the country, UConn's Breanna Stewart.

    Jan 25 1:25 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Nebraska's Shepard named espnW player of the week

    After leading Nebraska to a pair of big Big Ten road victories, the Cornhuskers' Jessica Shepard nabbed espnW's weekly honor.

    Jan 25 1:47 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Schaefer builds Bulldogs into national contender

    No. 10 Mississippi State is 11-0 at home but about to get two of the biggest tests this season, as both South Carolina and Tennessee -- which the Bulldogs have never beaten -- head to Starkville.

    Jan 22 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tough schedule will test Gamecocks ahead of UConn matchup

    The date Feb. 8 has been circled on the calendar since before the season started. But will South Carolina still be unbeaten when it hosts UConn? And will the matchup end up being a 1-2 showdown?

    Jan 19 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Lady Vols, Irish resume rivalry on Big Monday

    Big Monday opens (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET) with Tennessee still trying to figure out what kind of team it is and Notre Dame very much looking the same, despite personnel changes.

    Jan 18 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: Baylor's 'work in progress' still looks pretty good

    After Baylor ended No. 4 Texas' undefeated run on Sunday, coach Kim Mulkey was quick to say the Lady Bears still aren't really that great yet. But there's no doubt Baylor is rounding into form.

    Jan 18 12:10 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • For Baylor's Jones, playing closer to home was for the best

    Texas native Alexis Jones played two seasons at Duke. Now a redshirt junior at Baylor, the guard is settling into her role and pragmatic about how it all worked out the way it did.

    Jan 15 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tennessee timeline: Tracing a decade of key changes in Knoxville

    From NCAA sanctions and coaching departures to the completion of the consolidation of its men's and women's athletic departments, it has been a tumultuous past five years for Tennessee athletics.

    Jan 12 | By Mechelle Voepel