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.
  • Before we crown a champion, savor all 63 games

    Control yourself. Don't just jump to the NCAA tournament end you think you can already write. Soak up the next 63 games, Because the journey counts as much as the final destination.

    Mar 19 10:56 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • First and last 16-seed to win

    Two serious injuries, one possible over-seeding, one possible under-seeding and a long dog walk ... Harvard's historic upset of Stanford in the 1998 NCAA tournament's opening round, the first and only time a No. 16 seed has beaten a No. 1, had a little bit of everything.

    Mar 18 2:00 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Winners and losers in the women's bracket

    Something that has never happened: a perfect bracket that makes everybody happy. This year is no different. Here are some of the winners and losers out of Monday's draw.

    Mar 16 11:29 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • News & Commentary

    Friends, Rivals, Sensations: Stanford Duo Making A Splash

    Lia Neal and freshman sensation Simone Manuel, perhaps the two highest-profile African-American female swimmers, will pool their talents to try to bring Stanford the team title at this week's NCAA championships, while squaring off for individual glory.

    Mar 18 11:29 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Stanford overcomes Cal for 'rewarding' Pac-12 championship

    After an uncharacteristic season full of ups and downs, Stanford beat Cal to win the Pac-12 tournament, a title Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer called "as rewarding a championship as I've ever felt."

    Mar 8 | By Michelle Smith

  • Stanford, Cal to collide for Pac-12 title

    Earlier this season, Arizona State became the first conference team to sweep Stanford in the regular season since 1988. But Saturday, the Cardinal came up big when it mattered most.

    Mar 7 | By Michelle Smith

  • Colorado stuns top-seeded Oregon State in Pac-12 quarters

    In the biggest upset in the 14-year history of the Pac-12 tournament, No. 9 seed Colorado beat top-seeded Oregon State in Friday's quarterfinals.

    Mar 7 | By Michelle Smith

  • Championship Week primer

    Who's riding momentum into the postseason? Which teams have something to prove? Who can make the most gains before Selection Monday? Conference tournaments opened Tuesday, and we're here to get you ready.

    Mar 3 | By Michelle Smith

  • Iowa's Logic named espnW player of the week

    After nearly putting up a triple-double, and helping Iowa wrap up the regular season with back-to-back wins, Samantha Logic nabbed our weekly honor.

    Mar 1 10:22 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Kent State coach O'Banion fighting back against cancer

    Danielle O'Banion has juggled cancer and coaching this season, using the game she loves as an outlet while she receives chemotherapy to treat lymphoma.

    Feb 20 | By Michelle Smith

  • Washington's Collier back on court after overcoming cancer

    While on a recruiting visit to Washington in 2011,Katie Collier was diagnosed with leukemia. This season, she's back on the court after beating cancer, and an ACL tear, with her best basketball ahead of her.

    Feb 19 | By Michelle Smith

  • Freshman McPhee leads Stanford past Cal

    Stanford isn't used to looking up to many teams in the rankings, and even fewer foes in the Pac-12 standings. But with a big second-half comeback against Cal on Wednesday, the Cardinal looked like their old selves.

    Feb 18 | By Michelle Smith

  • UConn's Jefferson named espnW player of the week

    After leading UConn past top-ranked and previously unbeaten South Carolina, the Huskies' junior guard nabbed our weekly honor.

    Feb 16 1:44 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Youngest Ogwumikes embarking on own path at Pepperdine

    Just like Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike, the family's two youngest sisters, Olivia and Erica, will share a team and build a legacy together on the court.

    Feb 12 | By Michelle Smith

  • Samuelson settles into new position, bigger role for Stanford

    This season, Stanford has switched to a more guard-oriented offense, and senior Bonnie Samuelson is the glue player holding it all together.

    Feb 6 | By Michelle Smith

  • Oregon's Alleyne named espnW player of the week

    After tallying 30 points and 25 rebounds, and scoring the winning basket with less than 2 seconds to play in a win Saturday, Oregon's Jillian Alleyne nabbed our weekly honor.

    Feb 2 2:16 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Amukamara helps lead Arizona State to best start in program history

    Promise Amukamara knew she had to get better offensively. The senior guard has delivered, driving Arizona State to its best start in school history and one of the biggest surprises of the season.

    Jan 28 | By Michelle Smith

  • News & Commentary

    What's Brandi Chastain Up To These Days? The Answer May Surprise You

    World Cup champ Brandi Chastain has found a new gig these days: coaching boys soccer as an assistant in California. And you know what? She's having a blast.

    Jan 21 5:27 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • ASU gets defining win over Stanford

    Arizona State hadn't beaten Stanford since 1996. The Sun Devils hadn't won at Maples since 1984. Both streaks came to an end Sunday as ASU upended the Cardinal.

    Jan 19 | By Michelle Smith

  • LSU's Ballard named espnW player of the week

    After returning from suspension and leading LSU to back-to-back upsets over ranked SEC foes, Lady Tigers' junior guard Danielle Ballard nabbed our weekly honor.

    Jan 19 12:34 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Hampton's triumphant return to Cal

    Devanei Hampton left Cal in 2009 with all sorts of accolades -- but no degree. Now she's back in Berkeley, finishing up her studies, expecting her second child and discovering a passion for coaching.

    Jan 12 | By Michelle Smith

  • Miami's Motley named espnW player of the week

    After scoring a career-high 32 points to help Miami upset Notre Dame, Hurricanes' sophomore Adrienne Motley nabbed our weekly honor.

    Jan 12 2:47 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Plum paces Washington to 12-2 start

    Washington sophomore Kelsey Plum ranks second in the nation in scoring and is setting the tone for a Huskies team that is about to embark on its most defining weekend in a decade.

    Jan 9 | By Michelle Smith

  • Louisville at ease under the radar

    In this wild and weird season, No. 10 Louisville has been quietly going about its business. And after Sunday's win at Cal, that translates to an 11-1 record and likely climbing even higher in the polls.

    Dec 21 | By Michelle Smith

  • Women's college basketball season anything but predictable

    UConn is not on top. Breanna Stewart hasn't looked like the nation's best player. Yes, the season is barely more than a month old, but it has been full of surprises.

    Dec 18 | By Michelle Smith