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.
  • 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

  • Samuelson sidelined as UConn preps for title game

    UConn freshman Katie Lou Samuelson played on a broken bone in her foot for most of the first half of the Huskies' win over Oregon State on Sunday before realizing the severity of her injury.

    Apr 4 2:37 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Syracuse rides defense into first NCAA title game

    If Tuesday's title game is a foregone conclusion, Syracuse missed the memo. Behind a hard-driving, chaos-creating defense, the Orange rolled past Washington and into the championship game.

    Apr 4 7:30 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • UW's Plum learned to lead, and wins followed

    Hitting big buckets has always been Kelsey Plum's forte. But a funny thing happened since the Washington junior embraced her role as a leader: Wins followed.

    Apr 3 12:22 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Voices

    My college athlete: Out of state, always on my mind

    Michelle Smith on how quickly the weekends of a sports parent can go from travel tournaments to quiet Saturdays spent figuring out how to pull up a livestream of a college game.

    Mar 30 4:01 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Gritty Stanford ekes way to Sweet 16

    This season's Stanford team isn't as dominant as it had been in the past, but the Cardinal's grit has led them to the Sweet 16, where they will meet top-seeded Notre Dame.

    Mar 22 1:55 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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