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.
  • 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

  • Cal's Boyd, Smith join protests in Berkeley

    After seeing protests take place around the country in response to the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases, Cal senior Brittany Boyd and assistant Charmin Smith were compelled to make their own voices heard in local protests in Berkeley.

    Dec 15 | By Michelle Smith

  • News & Commentary

    Could This Be Colorado State's Breakthrough Volleyball Team?

    Colorado State is one of the nation's most consistently successful volleyball programs, but the Rams have yet to land a spot in the NCAA regional finals. Step One to changing that history: Beating No. 2 seed Texas on Friday.

    Dec 11 12:32 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • V Foundation donates $100K in honor of Hill

    The V Foundation for Cancer Research is paying tribute to the inspiring story of Lauren Hill, announcing a $100,000 donation to pediatric brain cancer research.

    Dec 6 10:04 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Did UConn finally solve its leadership void?

    Since losing last month, Geno Auriemma has challenged his players to step up and fill the void left in Storrs by graduation. In a victory at Notre Dame on Saturday, Morgan Tuck and Kiah Stokes answered the call.

    Dec 6 | By Michelle Smith

  • News & Commentary

    USC Excited For Do-Over In NCAA Volleyball Tournament

    After a 15-15 season of illness, injury and endless lineup changes in the brutal Pac-12, the Women of Troy are ready to make the most of their second chance in the NCAA tournament, starting Friday against Coastal Carolina.

    Dec 5 10:19 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • News & Commentary

    UCLA's Karsta Lowe Blossoming With Fiery New Attitude

    UCLA's Karsta Lowe has sometimes been too laid-back for her own good, but with a more-passionate approach the senior has been perhaps the most dominant player in the nation this season.

    Nov 26 7:12 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Taryn Wicijowski makes most of time at Utah

    Sidelined twice by season-ending injuries, Taryn Wicijowski is back for a sixth year at Utah, and is averaging a double-double as the Utes find their place in a competitive Pac-12.

    Nov 24 | By Michelle Smith

  • Stanford's Thompson named espnW player of the week

    After averaging 26.0 points over three games and helping Stanford knock off UConn, sophomore Lili Thompson nabbed our weekly honor.

    Nov 24 1:52 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Drinking Snow, Inhaling Exhaust and Rationing TP: Inside The Niagara Team Bus

    During a now-infamous 26 hours on a snow-bound bus on the New York Thruway earlier this week, what did the Niagara women's basketball team do for food? Heat? Fun? Two players take us back on the bus.

    Nov 21 | By Michelle Smith

  • News & Commentary

    Big Decision Awaits BYU Two-Sport Star Jennifer Hamson

    She's already been drafted by the WNBA's Sparks and is finishing a stellar volleyball career at BYU, but as her pro career looms, two-sport star Jennifer Hamson will have to commit one way or the other.

    Nov 20 2:58 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Texas makes statement with win over Stanford

    Texas coach Karen Aston was just looking for a way to gauge where her young team was at. Instead, the Longhorns upset the Cardinal to take big step toward returning to national prominence.

    Nov 20 | By Michelle Smith

  • Five things Monday's loss taught us about UConn

    The top team in the country stumbled at Stanford. What did the loss teach us about No. 1 Connecticut?

    Nov 18 | By Michelle Smith

  • Guards, new offense help Stanford stun No. 1 UConn

    It's only November and there's a lot of season left, but it got a lot more interesting Monday as Stanford stunned two-time defending NCAA champion UConn and snapped the Huskies' 47-game winning streak.

    Nov 17 | By Michelle Smith

  • Stanford no longer the consensus favorite on Pac-12

    For the first time since 1999, the media that covers the Pac-12 picked somebody other than Stanford to win the conference title. Michelle Smith says Cal is the favorite, too.

    Nov 6 | By Michelle Smith

  • DePaul will dominate Big East again

    Yes, the traditional Big East powers have moved on. But DePaul's ascension in the conference is hardly be default.

    Nov 6 | By Michelle Smith

  • New era brings new offense to Stanford

    That triangle offense that Stanford has used for the past 35 seasons? Tara VanDerveer is hanging it up this season in favor of a more guard-oriented attack that better suits her personnel.

    Oct 28 | By Michelle Smith

  • Revamped USC ready to build on 2014 success

    Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is ready to build on USC's first NCAA tournament berth in eight seasons. But first, she replaced most of her coaching staff and must adjust to losing her leading returning scorer, who was dismissed in September.

    Oct 22 | By Michelle Smith

  • Midnight Madness helps open season, expectations

    Teams across the country are practicing, preparing and priming themselves for the new season, which the annual Midnight Madness helps tip off. What five things are we most looking forward to when the ball goes up?

    Oct 17 | By Michelle Smith

  • in Action

    How Sports Can Be A Catalyst For Change

    Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador At-Large for Global Women's Issues, discussed the role that sports play in the advancement of girls around the world as part of her keynote speech Thursday at espnW's Women + Sports Summit.

    Oct 10 2:06 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • in Action

    'I Didn't Know Whether Victory Was Leaving Or Staying'

    After years of silence, former basketball star Ruthie Bolton says she was routinely beaten by her former husband and hopes that her story can help others.

    Oct 10 10:32 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • in Action

    How Stacey Allaster Plans To Make The WTA Even More Entertaining

    Embracing the need to adapt, WTA CEO Stacey Allaster wants to bring more tennis and better player access to its fans throughout the world.

    Oct 9 9:29 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Why Penny Taylor matters just as much as Phoenix Mercury's other stars

    Uncertainty about her basketball future plagued Penny Taylor the past two seasons as she fought back from a knee injury. Tuesday, her pivotal performance helped put Phoenix on the brink of another WNBA title.

    Sep 10 10:58 AM ET | By Michelle Smith