Mechelle Voepel Archive

  • 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

  • Tennessee turnaround keeps season alive

    Just weeks ago, it looked like a wipeout of a season for Tennessee. But the fog has lifted; the Lady Vols are no longer worried about what might go wrong and are bound for their 34th Sweet 16.

    Mar 21 7:39 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: How Kelsey Mitchell's 45 lifted Ohio State

    Kelsey Mitchell scored 45 points, the fourth most in tournament history, to send Ohio State by West Virginia and into the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011.

    Mar 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Voepel: How Tennessee upset Arizona State

    Tennessee continued its turnaround, upsetting second-seeded Arizona State in Tempe with one of its more aggressive and gutsy games of the season to advance to the Sweet 16.

    Mar 21 | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Can Tennessee solve ASU's defense?

    Arizona State has the better seed, home-court advantage and a relentless defense. With its lowest seed in team history, No. 7 Tennessee can't help but look like an underdog in the second round.

    Mar 19 8:45 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Tennessee, Cooper deliver in crunch time

    Tennessee has fallen short in the fourth quarter too often. But Te'a Cooper -- a freshman playing her first NCAA tournament game -- helped the Lady Vols find their inner steal to beat Green Bay.

    Mar 19 12:16 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Instant Analysis: How Tennessee beat Green Bay

    Even when things weren't going well for Tennessee -- which was much of the game -- the Lady Vols kept composure and made just enough key baskets to hold off Green Bay.

    Mar 18 7:47 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • The Buzz

    Jayhawks band plays for Kansas and Drake

    The Kansas Jayhawks band played for the KU men in the NCAA tournament and the Drake women in the WNIT Thursday.

    Mar 18 8:02 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • From The Mag: Former stars describe how UConn built a dynasty

    Surprise! The Huskies are, yet again, the overwhelming favorites to win a title -- a potential fourth straight. How do they dominate on repeat? Three former stars dish on designing a dynasty.

    Mar 16 12:10 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Pac-12, SEC have something to prove in tourney

    The SEC (nine teams in the field) and Pac-12 (four teams among top-16 seeds) did exactly what they needed to in the regular reason. But now it's all about what happens in March (and maybe April).

    Mar 15 12:32 AM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • UConn should steamroll through Bridgeport Region

    How favored is UConn to win its 11th NCAA title? Leonardo-winning-the-Oscar-for-"The Revenant" favored. And it doesn't look like there is a team in the Huskies' region that will stop them.

    Mar 15 6:53 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • 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