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: Paris finally finds her way in WNBA

    She was one of the most dominant NCAA players of the past decade, but Courtney Paris struggled to find a spot in the WNBA. Five seasons after being drafted No. 7 overall, she's a regular starter for Tulsa.

    Jun 5 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Mercury have new look, more discipline

    Sandy Brondello isn't abandoning the Mercury's traditional run-and-gun system. But Phoenix's new coach is adding structure, discipline and an emphasis on defense.

    May 29 | By Michelle Smith

  • WNBA Power Rankings: West duo leads the pack

    Minnesota suffered its first loss of the season but remains the clear No. 1 in the league.

    May 27 | By Michelle Smith

  • WNBA Power Rankings: Lynx take over No. 1 spot

    Minnesota replaced Phoenix at the top of the Week 2 WNBA power rankings.

    May 27 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Hashtags not enough to help missing schoolgirls in Nigeria

    As the tragedy of the mass kidnappings of schoolgirls in Nigeria drags on, Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike are working to make sure the girls aren't forgotten, now or when they hopefully return home.

    May 26 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: 10 storylines to track this WNBA season

    From the Lynx's quest to repeat to Tina Charles' performance back home with a new team in New York, we detail the top 10 storylines to follow as the WNBA's 18th season opens Friday.

    May 16 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Bird's return should bolster Storm

    After sitting out 2013 to heal a knee injury, Sue Bird is back on the court in Seattle. But the All-Star point guard returns to a team that doesn't quite resemble the one she left.

    May 15 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Lynx at front of pack in competitive West

    With its star-studded roster largely intact, defending WNBA champion Minnesota remains the favorite in a competitive Western Conference.

    May 15 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Perfect season a perfect ending for UConn seniors Dolson, Hartley

    UConn's perfect season also marked the perfect ending for All-American seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, who will leave the program after winning back-to-back national titles.

    Apr 8 | By Michelle Smith

  • Irish's McGraw: No civility with 'bully' UConn

    The hot topic of civility, or lack thereof, took the pregame hype of Tuesday night's unbeaten national title matchup between Connecticut and Notre Dame to a new level on Monday.

    Apr 8 1:50 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Will UConn expose Achonwa's absence vs. Notre Dame?

    Notre Dame managed just fine without Natalie Achonwa in the national semifinals. But the Irish face a more daunting task Tuesday in the frontcourt against UConn's All-Americans.

    Apr 7 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: UConn defense smothers Stanford

    Connecticut is perhaps the top defensive team in the nation, a fact that often goes overlooked with the Huskies' bevy of productive offensive players. But the defense carried the day against Stanford.

    Apr 6 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Stanford still chasing elusive third title

    Stanford is in its sixth Final Four in seven seasons -- but hasn't won a title in 22 years. Chiney Ogwumike and the Cardinal hope to make new history at the Final Four, even as a huge underdog against UConn.

    Apr 5 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Stanford 74, North Carolina 65

    After trailing by 13 points early on, Stanford got the ball inside to Chiney Ogwumike and got a career game from Mikaela Ruef to rally in the second half to reach the Final Four.

    Apr 1 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Stanford depth kicks in to earn spot in Final Four

    Chiney Ogwumike has carried Stanford for the past two years, but on Tuesday, her teammates carried the senior starter past UNC and back to one more Final Four.

    Apr 1 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: It's Stanford experience vs. UNC youth

    Stanford's veterans have been to the Final Four and know what it takes to get there, while North Carolina's young players see the regional final as "just another game," albeit one they intend to win.

    Apr 1 12:23 AM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • UNC's DeShields (ankle) a game-time call

    North Carolina freshman Diamond DeShields said she will have to be strapped to a chair to be kept from playing in Tuesday night's regional final against second-seeded Stanford at Maples Pavilion.

    Mar 31 6:52 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: While UNC battles, Stanford breezes

    The Cardinal coasted to their ninth Elite Eight in 11 years against Penn State, while North Carolina ground out an upset over top-seed South Carolina.

    Mar 30 11:00 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: UNC 65, South Carolina 58

    North Carolina became the second No. 4 seed to topple a top seed Sunday, beating South Carolina for the second time this season to reach the Elite Eight.

    Mar 30 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Stanford 82, Penn State 57

    Chiney Ogwumike scored 29 points and Stanford held Penn State star Maggie Lucas scoreless for nearly the final 30 minutes of Sunday's game to advance to the Elite Eight.

    Mar 30 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Carolinas ready to battle it out

    A young North Carolina team scored one of its biggest wins of the season in December when it handed South Carolina its first loss. Sunday, the rivals meet in the Sweet 16.

    Mar 29 11:00 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Stanford's Ruef used to juggling multiple roles

    Working hard and handling multiple responsibilities has never been a problem for Stanford's Mikaela Ruef. The redshirt senior and engineering student has juggled starting for the Cardinal this season with a demanding internship.

    Mar 27 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Stanford Regional breakdown

    Young squads from South Carolina and North Carolina clash in the Sweet 16, while second-seeded Stanford looks to rediscover its Maples magic against Penn State.

    Mar 27 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: South Carolina dominates from start to finish

    Top-seeded South Carolina didn't give Oregon State a chance to even get going as the Gamecocks dominated from the opening tip to earn a spot in the Sweet 16.

    Mar 25 | By Michelle Smith

  • Smith: Oregon State's Wiese embraces underdog role

    Sydney Wiese always roots for the underdog. Trouble is, with all the noise Oregon State is making, the freshman guard and the Beavers are no longer under the radar.

    Mar 24 | By Michelle Smith