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.
  • Win puts Stanford in 11th straight Sweet 16

    After a shaky start to the season, in which a scheduling conflict prevented the Cardinal from facing the Cardinals in the opening weekend, Stanford never lost confidence and will now face the Lexington Regional's top seed in the Sweet 16.

    Mar 20 3:44 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Ionescu, Oregon dethrone Stanford for Pac-12 tourney title

    Playing in their first Pac-12 tournament title game, the Ducks looked nothing like newbies. They looked like a team that might be able to get used to this, and sophomore soon-to-be-All-American Sabrina Ionescu put on a show with 36 points.

    Mar 5 9:27 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • That's a first: Oregon headed to Pac-12 title game

    The milestones keep coming this season for Oregon, which clinched a spot in its first Pac-12 tournament title game. But it came -- once again -- at the expense of UCLA, which, despite an 0-3 mark against the Ducks, looks like a "Final Four-caliber" team.

    Mar 4 2:23 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Tennessee scores rare win at Stanford to remain unbeaten

    The current edition of the rivalry might not measure up to the marquee matchups of the past, but after its first win at Maples since 2005, Tennessee is 12-0. Will Stanford, which is 0-5 against top-10 teams, now fall out of the Top 25?

    Dec 22 3:35 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Anigwe ready to help return Cal to national prominence

    Kristine Anigwe is one of the best players in the country who has spent two years on a Cal team that was widely considered an underachiever in a surging Pac-12. Now a junior, Anigwe is ready to have her team's performance match her own.

    Nov 23 10:50 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Oregon's Ionescu refuses to be limited by goals

    Sabrina Ionescu doesn't do goals. Instead, Oregon's sophomore guard focuses only on what she can control, such as work ethic and being a good teammate -- things that might lead the Ducks to another deep NCAA tournament run.

    Nov 9 9:28 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Sparks are a 'work in progress' as All-Star break nears

    Los Angeles returned the core of last season's WNBA championship team, but for as much as the Sparks need to build on the success of 2016, they also knew they'd be starting from scratch as they focus on repeating.

    Jul 17 11:48 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Voices

    Staring down the expiration date as a sports parent

    Michelle Smith hasn't always been able to watch her son play, but he's always been playing. With his competitive days numbered, she reflects on a looming end to a comforting constant.

    Jul 5 3:51 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • 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