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: How Stanford rallied past South Dakota State

    Lili Thompson converted a three-point play with 8.2 seconds left to send the Cardinal past South Dakota State and into its ninth straight Sweet 16. Four Pac-12 teams reached the regional semis.

    Mar 21 9:04 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Cardinal, Jackrabbits find Maples magic

    It might have been a night of nostalgia for Stanford, which beat a very familiar foe in Jennifer Azzi in the first round, but South Dakota State was living in the moment with its huge upset.

    Mar 20 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: How South Dakota State stunned Miami

    For the second day in a row, a No. 12 seed upset a No. 5 seed, as South Dakota State jumped ahead early and hung on to beat Miami in Stanford's Maples Pavilion.

    Mar 20 | By Michelle Smith

  • Jackrabbits jump at chance to face Stanford

    South Dakota State, which plays Stanford on the Cardinal's home court Monday, has taken on some of the country's best programs and built a solid NCAA résumé over most of the past decade.

    Mar 20 | By Michelle Smith

  • Why Stanford-San Francisco is the best first-round game

    Jennifer Azzi won a national title at Stanford under Tara VanDerveer and an Olympic gold under her in Atlanta. Now Azzi leads San Francisco into Maples Pavilion to take on the Cardinal.

    Mar 18 | By Michelle Smith

  • Canada, Bruins ready to make noise in Big Dance

    A year ago, UCLA had the top freshman class but played the nation's toughest schedule and missed the NCAA tournament. Now the Bruins, with sophomore Jordin Canada leading the way, are back.

    Mar 16 3:26 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Beavers look like Final Four-caliber team

    Last year, Oregon State had high hopes, too -- but quickly exited the Big Dance. Now the first-time Pac-12 tourney champs are battle-tested and turning last season's weaknesses into strengths.

    Mar 7 2:43 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Pac-12 has new power shift

    With perennial favorite Stanford at home after losing in the tournament quarterfinals, the Pac-12 has shown its rebranding effort and exposure from its television deal are paying big dividends.

    Mar 6 2:26 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Tuesday's game is all in the family for McCalls

    It's dad vs. daughter when Cal State Bakersfield plays Stanford on Tuesday. Junior Erica McCall knows family bragging rights are on the line against her father, Roadrunners coach Greg McCall.

    Dec 22 2:18 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • DePaul's Podkowa named espnW player of the week

    After scoring a career-high 27 points to pace the Blue Demons past previously unbeaten Northwestern, Megan Podkowa nabbed espnW's weekly honor.

    Dec 20 11:43 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • UCF's Gregory gives back in honor of late aunt

    After her aunt died in a domestic violence incident, UCF sophomore Aliyah Gregory was inspired to help others affected by similar tragedies. This month's fundraiser benefited a local shelter.

    Dec 17 4:23 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Stanford's balance outmatches uninspired Lady Vols

    Stanford's balanced attack overwhelmed an uninspired Tennessee on Wednesday. But while they are two of the most storied programs in the game, neither of them look like Final Four contenders.

    Dec 17 2:47 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Kentucky's Epps named espnW player of the week

    After helping the Wildcats improve to 9-0 with wins over Louisville and Middle Tennessee, Makayla Epps nabbed espnW's weekly honor.

    Dec 14 11:53 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Ruth Riley helps break down myths about food stamp programs

    Ruth Riley knows firsthand how much the food stamp program benefits families who need it. Breaking down the stigma and helping people be comfortable talking about it is just as vital.

    Nov 25 12:19 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Wooden Award winner Stewart tops list again

    University of Connecticut senior Breanna Stewart leads the list of 30 best players in the country. She has won three national championships with UConn.

    Nov 17 1:09 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Tougher, more consistent Arizona State ready for new season

    What's the key to Arizona State improving on 2015's Sweet 16 appearance? Being tough enough down the stretch to do the little things that win big games. The Sun Devils say bring it on.

    Nov 17 | By Michelle Smith

  • Fresh off first Final Four, South Carolina aims even higher

    Is it harder to get to your first Final Four, or is it harder to get back? Second-ranked South Carolina, which lost by one point in last season's national semifinals, is about to find out.

    Nov 5 | By Michelle Smith

  • NBA's Silver: 'We are 100 percent committed' to the WNBA

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Laurel Richie stepping down as WNBA president was her decision, and that it offers the league an opportunity to "reset" heading into its landmark 20th season.

    Nov 4 10:04 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Richie stepping down as president of WNBA

    Laurel Richie is stepping down as president of the WNBA, a post she had held since 2011. A search for her replacement will begin immediately.

    Feb 10 11:39 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Pac-12 preview: Beavers are new preseason favorite

    The winds of change are blowing strong through the Pac-12. For the first time in 16 years, Stanford was not picked to win the league title. Instead, Oregon State was tabbed as the preseason pick.

    Nov 4 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: WNBA + pop culture = winning offseason marketing strategy

    Wouldn't it be great to see Swin Cash in the ballroom or the Ogwumikes bringing Nerd Nation back to life? Michelle Smith has some ideas on how the WNBA can win the marketing game this offseason.

    Oct 20 2:18 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Turnovers too costly for Indiana to overcome

    The Indiana team that had been perfect in elimination games this postseason was far from it Wednesday. The Fever committed 21 turnovers and struggled to score as Minnesota won the WNBA title.

    Oct 15 4:18 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Fever coach says Catchings 'disrespected' in Game 2 loss

    Stephanie White said the officials cost Indiana a chance to win. Tamika Catchings, plagued by foul trouble, called it a missed opportunity. Minnesota's win Tuesday just left the Fever frustrated.

    Oct 7 11:15 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Lynx need Whalen back on track

    Coach Cheryl Reeve shouldered some blame for Lindsay Whalen's lack of offensive productivity in these playoffs, noting that the addition of Sylvia Fowles has boosted emphasis on scoring inside.

    Oct 5 9:21 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Lynx need more than Moore, Fowles

    Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve pulled no punches about the fact her team needs more from veteran captains Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen, who combined for 13 points Sunday.

    Oct 4 9:43 PM ET | By Michelle Smith