Michelle Smith Archive

Michelle Smith

Contributor, espnW.com
Michelle Smith has covered pro and college sports for AOL Fanhouse, the San Francisco Chronicle and espnW.
  • The pros and cons of male athletes supporting their female counterparts

    When Kelsey Plum is compared to James Harden or when NBA players tweet their support for the WNBA, is it a bad thing? Does it help grow the game or send the message we need their validation?

    May 1 9:52 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Five reasons to tune in to women's title game

    There's no UConn win streak or quest for a fifth straight championship. But there is Mississippi State and South Carolina, two entertaining SEC foes in search of their first national title.

    Apr 2 11:01 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Allisha Gray is South Carolina's 'silent assassin'

    Allisha Gray had to be carried off the court in the second round due to an injury. She has a bandage over her right eye. Her toughness has helped lead South Carolina to its first NCAA title game.

    Apr 2 12:27 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Surprising loss a learning experience for UConn

    Right when many assumed the Huskies were at their least vulnerable, they finally showed it in an overtime upset against Mississippi State.

    Apr 1 2:44 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Karlie Samuelson, Stanford's senior class' run comes to an end

    Once Karlie Samuelson sprained her ankle, Stanford wasn't the same. And even though the Cardinal fell short of the national title game, coach Tara VanDerveer and Stanford's seniors felt proud.

    Apr 1 12:56 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Samuelson sisters not distracted by possible title game clash

    Katie Lou and Karlie Samuelson had a chance to meet up Wednesday night in Dallas, but both sisters are focused on their own semifinal matchups in the Final Four.

    Mar 30 10:01 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Staley to take on mentor VanDerveer in Final Four

    They've been on opposite sides. They've teamed up to win Olympic gold. On Friday in the national semis, they'll meet as peers when coach Dawn Staley's Gamecocks face Tara VanDerveer's Cardinal.

    Mar 30 6:22 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Samuelson sisters reunited at Women's Final Four

    Stanford senior Karlie Samuelson and sister, Katie Lou, a UConn sophomore, both will be on the court at the Final Four. No matter what happens in Dallas, the Samuelson family will be celebrating.

    Mar 29 2:40 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Davis helps drive South Carolina back to the Final Four

    When she transferred to South Carolina, Kaela Davis envisioned being part of a Final Four team. Her 23 points turned the dream into a reality as the Gamecocks clinched their second Final Four.

    Mar 28 2:41 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • South Carolina stops FSU rally for Final Four return

    Dawn Staley and the Gamecocks, back in the national semifinals for the first time since 2015, are still chasing the program's first NCAA championship.

    Mar 28 12:11 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Florida State gets another shot at South Carolina

    The Seminoles haven't forgotten the heartache of two years ago, when the Gamecocks won a close one to make their first national semifinal.

    Mar 26 9:42 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • FSU defensive effort earns date with Gamecocks

    Led by Ivey Slaughter's nine steals, the Seminoles came back from 17 down in the first quarter to hold off Oregon State. South Carolina, meanwhile, ended Quinnipiac's dream run in a rout.

    Mar 26 12:20 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Seminoles overcome 17-point deficit to reach Elite Eight

    Florida State eliminated Oregon State, a Final Four team last year, by chipping away not only at the Beavers' lead but also at their rhythm and confidence.

    Mar 25 9:24 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Osahor opens eyes as nation's top rebounder

    She broke onto the national scene during Washington's 2016 Final Four run. Now Chantel Osahor leads the nation in rebounding and double-doubles -- and does much more than complement Kelsey Plum.

    Mar 20 3:28 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Culture Feature

    Preview of 'Tomboy' doc

    Why are athletes such as Billie Jean King, Lindsey Vonn, Cappie Pondexter and more taking ownership of the term "tomboy"?

    Mar 9 11:56 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Stanford grinds out another Pac-12 title

    The Cardinal are poised. They are resilient. They can play some great defense. And they don't have to win pretty to win gritty. Sunday's Pac-12 title-game victory over Oregon State proved that.

    Mar 6 2:37 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Experience leads Beavers, Cardinal to Pac-12 final

    In what arguably has been the most competitive season in Pac-12 history, the two teams with veteran leadership and poise under pressure will play for the title (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET).

    Mar 5 1:57 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Ionescu, Oregon oust Washington in Pac-12 quarterfinals

    In front of the largest crowd in Pac-12 tournament history -- most of the fans cheering for Washington -- Oregon freshman Sabrina Ionescu gave them a preview of what's next in Pac-12 stardom.

    Mar 4 9:55 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Former players on hand to honor VanDerveer's 1,000th

    As Tara VanDerveer joined an elite club in the annals of basketball Friday with her 1,000th win, dozens of former Stanford players joined in the celebration to honor their legendary coach.

    Feb 4 2:31 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Top 10 moments of VanDerveer's coaching career

    Before Tara VanDerveer joins Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski in the hallowed 1,000-win club, we narrow down the highlights of the Stanford coach's 39 years on the sideline.

    Feb 2 1:54 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • On brink of history, VanDerveer puts players, peers first

    Tara VanDerveer has done it all as a coach and is now just one win shy of her 1,000th. But her greatest accomplishment, and what has mattered most to her, has been helping others be successful.

    Feb 2 1:57 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • President Obama pens congratulatory letter to Sparks

    The White House tried to squeeze in one more celebratory visit. But with so many Sparks players overseas, the timing didn't work. President Obama made sure to honor the WNBA champions.

    Jan 19 11:15 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Voices

    Parenting: Major injuries require a balancing act

    There's a fine line between cheerleader and truth-teller, as Michelle Smith found when she talked to parents whose children sustained major injuries while playing sports.

    Jan 19 7:25 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Voices

    Sports parents go through the recruiting process too

    Unless your kid's a star athlete who gets a lot of media attention, there are myths and realities he or she will have to face to keep playing in college. Michelle Smith breaks them down.

    Nov 30 12:43 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • 5 reasons you want your kid to be a multi-sport athlete

    Veteran sports parent Michelle Smith offers up some practical knowledge about the pitfalls of becoming a single-sport athlete too soon.

    Nov 1 9:36 PM ET | By Michelle Smith