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.
  • Smith: Storm will have new look without Jackson, Bird

    What sort of season is Seattle in store for without Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird? Someone on the Storm needs to step up quickly.

    May 20 1:30 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Total Access: Mercury have pieces in place to succeed

    The Phoenix Mercury have their healthy stars back, not to mention the addition of Brittney Griner, and have nowhere to go but up after a forgettable 2012.

    Jun 26 11:05 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Commentary

    Smith: Sports moms personify victory, defeat

    There's nothing quite like being a mom and raising an athlete. Michelle Smith writes about the rewarding experience of her child playing sports -- that is, when she can stomach watching.

    May 10 2:50 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • College Sports

    Smith: Stanford, USC rule in the pool

    Stanford (seeking its third straight title) and three-time champion USC resume their never-ending battle for water polo supremacy at this weekend's NCAA tournament.

    May 8 3:38 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Powell, Wiggins give Tulsa a Stanford flavor

    One of the biggest offseason trades took Nicole Powell and Candice Wiggins to Tulsa. Now the Stanford alumni both look for a fresh start with the Shock.

    May 6 3:41 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: UConn freshman Breanna Stewart is next big thing

    Breanna Stewart became the first freshman since 1987 to win most outstanding player honors in the Final Four after another stellar performance propelled Connecticut to a 93-60 win over Louisville.

    Apr 9 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Cardinals' Slaughter finds confidence at right time

    With her 3-point shooting, Antonita Slaughter has done her share to push Louisville into the national championship game for the second time in four years.

    Apr 8 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: For Cal guard Boyd, there's no place like home

    Cal guard Brittany Boyd was sad when Cal made a coaching change, but she committed to the school anyway, and now, has helped the Lady Bears to the Final Four.

    Apr 1 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Despite loss, Cal focuses on positive

    Having the opportunity to play on the second-to-last night of the season is an accomplishment for any team. That is the salve on the pain that comes from Cal's defeat, from being 20 minutes of good basketball away from the national championship game.

    Apr 1 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Cool Clarendon leads Cal to first Final Four

    Layshia Clarendon scored 25 points in an overtime victory Monday to help Cal rally past Georgia and into its first trip to the Final Four.

    Apr 1 | By Michelle Smith

  • Instant Analysis: California 65, Georgia 62 OT

    After rallying to take Georgia to overtime, Cal clinched its first trip to the Final Four.

    Apr 1 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Cal coach Gottlieb has 'Sex and the City' moment

    Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb splurges on Manolo Blahnik and new dress for semifinal game against Louisville.

    Apr 1 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Georgia, Cal seniors still being tested

    Georgia coach Andy Landers made sure his seniors knew what they signed up for when they arrived as freshmen. Cal's seniors -- the three who stayed and played -- were already halfway through their careers when coach Linsday Gottlieb arrived.

    Apr 1 3:04 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Instant Analysis: Georgia 61, Stanford 59

    Georgia upended top-seeded Stanford to reach the Elite Eight.

    Mar 30 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Cal rises as Stanford falls

    On the same night top-seeded Stanford was knocked out of the NCAA tournament, Cal advanced to its first Elite Eight. How's that for a changing of the guard for West Coast women's basketball?

    Mar 30 | By Michelle Smith

  • Instant Analysis on Cal's 73-63 win over LSU

    Cal pulled away from LSU in the second half to reach its first Elite Eight.

    Mar 30 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Cal's Gottlieb carves own path of success

    Considering her family background, Lindsay Gottlieb could've easily ended up a lawyer. Instead, she's helping rewrite the women's basketball records as Cal's basketball coach.

    Mar 29 8:43 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Spokane Regional breakdown

    Pac-12 rivals Stanford and Cal seem headed for a rubber match -- if they can get past physical, athletic and defense-first SEC teams Georgia and LSU.

    Mar 29 4:38 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Stanford shoots into Sweet 16

    A pep talk from former Stanford star Candice Wiggins convinced the Cardinal to embrace the pressure of their No. 1 seed. Stanford responded by playing its best team ball of the season in the rout of Michigan.

    Apr 8 2:51 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Opposite forces meet in Stanford-Michigan

    Stanford will rely on the post play of Chiney Ogwumike while Michigan will have to hit 3s, as opposite offenses meet in Tuesday's second round.

    Mar 25 9:58 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Disaster averted for top-seeded Stanford

    The first half against Tulsa ended in a 24-24 tie and brought back memories of 1998, when 16th-seeded Harvard stunned No. 1 Stanford on its home court. But the Cardinal went on a 23-7 run and shot 65.5 percent in the second half to end Tulsa's hopes.

    Mar 25 12:21 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Kim Barnes Arico gets Michigan to believe

    It's hard to argue with results. Placing trust in first-year coach Kim Barnes Arico, Michigan adjusted to a new system and landed a spot in the NCAA field.

    Mar 23 9:56 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Savor the 3 To See as their college careers wind down

    At some point in the next three weeks, the college careers of Elena Delle Donne, Skylar Diggins and Brittney Griner will end. So savor their last college games while you can.

    Mar 22 1:49 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Ogwumike emerges as Stanford's newest star

    While all eyes are focused on a certain trio of superstar seniors, no individual player in the country has done more for her team than Chiney Ogwumike has done for top-seeded Stanford.

    Mar 21 4:00 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • More Sports

    Smith: Springstowne girls a wrestling power

    The Springstowne Wrestling Academy, the nation's largest girls' school wrestling program, brings a championship glow to the working-class city of Vallejo, Calif.

    Mar 20 2:23 PM ET | By Michelle Smith