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.
  • 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

  • Voices

    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.

    Oct 19 12:47 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Stars' Appel-Marinelli to retire at end of season

    San Antonio Stars center Jayne Appel-Marinelli announced Friday that she will retire at the end of the season after a seven-year WNBA career.

    Sep 9 11:15 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Rest, retirement await San Antonio's Appel-Marinelli

    She set screens for Becky Hammon for years and fought to keep foes off the glass. Now Jayne Appel-Marinelli is ready to give her body a rest and continue to work on the business side of sports.

    Sep 9 11:28 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Voices

    The view from the end of the bench

    Riding the bench isn't particularly pleasant for athletes or their parents, Michelle Smith writes. But if you redefine your success metrics, your kids can still reap benefits of being on a team.

    Aug 31 1:39 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Legacy of 1996 U.S. women's basketball team lives on

    The groundwork laid by the groundbreaking U.S. Olympic women's basketball team in 1996 has never been more evident as Team USA takes aim at a sixth consecutive gold medal in Rio.

    Aug 4 10:01 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Culture

    Festival extraordinary stories of women athletes

    The inaugural Women's Sports Film Festival focuses on the women's sports experience -- a shared notion that continues to inspire the event's organizers.

    Jul 27 4:26 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Voices

    For these parents, their kids' chance to play is everything

    Michelle Smith talks to parents of young athletes with physical or intellectual disabilities. For them, giving their kids the opportunity to play sports -- and learn from them -- is crucial.

    Jun 22 5:03 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Voices

    Parenting: The 5 most cringe-worthy sports positions

    There are few more helpless feelings in the parenting experience than watching your child compete. Michele Smith ranks the positions on a team that are the most cringe-worthy for parents.

    May 4 1:07 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Stewart embraces pressure to elevate Storm

    Weeks after wrapping up her college career with a fourth consecutive NCAA title, Breanna Stewart is facing huge expectations again. Can the No. 1 pick help return Seattle to the WNBA playoffs?

    Apr 29 3:35 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Voices

    Letting go of your (kid's) sports dream

    Michelle Smith found camaraderie, strength and lifetime memories in sports and wanted the same for her daughter. When it didn't quite work out that way, Mom had the hardest time letting go.

    Apr 20 1:50 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • UConn's Tuck decides to enter draft

    UConn star Morgan Tuck will not return for a fifth season after missing most of her sophomore season with an injury; she announced on SportsCenter that she's entering the draft.

    Apr 6 3:12 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Connecticut has a tough legacy to follow

    Next season will be one of the biggest transitions that Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma expects he will have faced in more than three decades in Storrs. But he is always up for the challenge.

    Apr 6 3:03 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Longtime friends on opposite sides in title game

    They might be playing against each other in the championship game Tuesday, but UConn's Breanna Stewart and Syracuse's Brittney Skykes aren't letting that get in the way of their friendship.

    Apr 5 11:26 AM ET | By Michelle Smith