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: Lynx the preseason favorite in the West

    Minnesota, with its roster mostly intact, looks poised to reclaim its spot as the best team in the West. Michelle Smith previews the conference race and predicts how the standings will shape up.

    Jun 4 | By Michelle Smith

  • Reconstructed Liberty hope to contend in East

    The New York Liberty will feature a rebuilt roster, plus controversial new team president Isiah Thomas. But coach Bill Laimbeer thinks his mix of vets and rookies could challenge in the East.

    Jun 2 5:00 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • News Commentary 2015worldcup

    #HowSheDoesIt: Kelley O'Hara speeds ahead

    Incredibly fast U.S. defender Kelley O'Hara shares her World Cup training and nutrition secrets.

    Jun 4 10:26 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Revamped Mercury set sights on WNBA repeat

    After a chaotic offseason, defending WNBA champ Phoenix is an almost entirely different team in 2015. But with a good nucleus still on the roster, the Mercury sure don't sound worried.

    Jun 1 5:00 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • News & Commentary

    Why This Is A Watershed Time For Women In Sports

    Young female entrepreneurs more than ever are starting businesses that tap into -- and are redefining -- the women's market for sports and fitness.

    Apr 30 5:58 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Recent additions shake up WNBA draft

    Seattle Storm coach Jenny Boucek thought she had her No. 1 and No. 3 picks set for the WNBA draft. That is, until All-Americans Amanda Zahui B. and Jewell Loyd declared their eligibility.

    Apr 10 8:36 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • These Huskies know how to celebrate

    With three national titles in a row, UConn has this celebration thing down pat. Revel in the confetti, clutch yet another trophy, cut down the nets -- oh, and don't forget the game of Uno.

    Apr 8 9:02 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • 10 reasons UConn could win title No. 10

    UConn is on the verge of history: a 10th NCAA title. So how did the Huskies come to rule women's basketball? Here are 10 reasons why UConn has become the game's standard bearer.

    Apr 6 | By Michelle Smith

  • Gamecocks use loss as learning experience

    South Carolina coach Dawn Staley hopes the sting of the Gamecocks' loss to Notre Dame in the national semifinals sparks the program to be better next season.

    Apr 6 1:55 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Young frontcourt leads Irish back to title game

    Sophomore Taya Reimer and freshman Brianna Turner fueled Notre Dame's fast start and gave the Irish the edge needed to hold off South Carolina.

    Apr 6 9:40 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Will Zahui B. leave Minnesota for WNBA draft?

    Minnesota sophomore Amanda Zahui B. is eligible for the WNBA draft and on Saturday would not commit to returning to the Gophers next season.

    Apr 4 7:30 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Is Indiana religious freedom law 'fix' enough?

    NCAA president Mark Emmert said the NCAA would monitor the bill's rollout and push for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity as "protected classes" under existing state law.

    Apr 4 8:56 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Auriemma on Indiana law: 'religious crap'

    Geno Auriemma weighed in on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Wednesday, saying the people behind it are "small-minded."

    Apr 2 1:33 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Auriemma: For spectators, men's game 'a joke'

    UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma has no love for the current state of men's college basketball.

    Apr 2 11:54 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Brown leads Terps back to Final Four

    Stifled by Tennessee's defense early, Lexie Brown and Maryland broke out in the second half to guide the Terps to Tampa and a second consecutive Final Four.

    Mar 30 | By Michelle Smith

  • Analysis: Maryland 58, Tennessee 48

    Maryland, an elite team that spent much of the season flying under the radar, earned back-to-back trips to the Final Four after a 58-48 win over Tennessee on Monday.

    Mar 30 | By Michelle Smith

  • Spokane Elite Eight breakdown

    It will take a slew of scoring and a bit of Bashaara Graves for Tennessee to avoid a tournament loss to Maryland for the second year in a row.

    Mar 29 | By Michelle Smith

  • Maryland relies on Walker-Kimbrough's 'swag'

    It's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough's competitive fire that has kept Maryland rolling into the Elite Eight -- and makes her mother a nervous wreck on game days.

    Mar 29 | By Michelle Smith

  • Analysis: Maryland 65, Duke 55

    Shatori Walker-Kimbrough's second-half run gave Maryland the push needed to take down former ACC foe Duke and advance to the Elite Eight.

    Mar 28 | By Michelle Smith

  • Persistent Tennessee rallies in overtime

    Tennessee persisted through one possession after another until it came all the way back from a 17-point deficit, and then triumphed in overtime even when it failed to hit a field goal.

    Mar 28 | By Michelle Smith

  • Analysis: Tennessee 73, Gonzaga 69 OT

    No. 2 Tennessee held off No. 11 Gonzaga in overtime after erasing a 17-point deficit in the second half to advance to the Elite Eight.

    Mar 28 | By Michelle Smith

  • Upstart Gonzaga relishing improbable run

    Gonzaga isn't a stranger to silencing doubters and making a run in the NCAA tournament despite being a double-digit seed once again. But now the Bulldogs have the luxury of doing it 2 miles from their campus thanks to Garth Brooks.

    Mar 27 10:05 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Orrange's play speaks volumes for Stanford

    Stanford's quiet leader, Amber Orrange, let her play do the talking against Oklahoma, leading the Cardinal to their eighth straight Sweet 16 with 24 points.

    Mar 23 | By Michelle Smith

  • McGee-Stafford, Texas upend Cal

    When forward Nneka Enemkpali went down with a season-ending knee injury in January, no one expected Texas to make a deep run in March. But 6-foot-7 Imani McGee-Stafford has stepped up her game in time to lead the Longhorns to the Sweet 16.

    Mar 23 3:53 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Analysis: Stanford 73, Northridge 60

    After trailing by one point at halftime, Stanford settled down in the second half and eventually pulled away from Cal State Northridge.

    Mar 21 | By Michelle Smith