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About mvoepel

Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women's college basketball and other college sports for ESPN.com.

Hey, it’s ‘only’ women’s basketball

I saw this line in a column today: “Was it worth stirring so much controversy over a scholarship release for a women’s basketball player?” This was, of course, in regard to the controversy that’s turned into a full-fledged embarrassment for … Continue reading

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Details on Romero appeal process

I wrote a story for ESPNW this week on women’s basketball player Leticia Romero, who has been denied a release from Kansas State. Several readers have asked about the details of the appeals process. In an interview in late April, … Continue reading

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Thinking of Billie Jean and the (ongoing) battle

Sept. 20, 2013, is the 40th anniversary of tennis’ “Battle of the Sexes.” I was 8 years old then, and recall what a big deal it was to me as a third-grader. Here is a story I wrote for the … Continue reading

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Help former player/wounded warrior with a new goal

Folks, here is an e-mail I received today from former Missouri State women’s basketball coach Cheryl Burnett about a player who was on her 2001 NCAA Final Four team. The e-mail also includes a story on Kinga Kiss-Johnson, who is … Continue reading

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Remember Patsy Mink on Title IX’s anniversary

Note: As we mark the 40th anniversary of Title IX, this is an ESPN.com column I wrote in December 2002, honoring the late Patsy Mink. She had recently passed away then. One of the “mothers” of Title IX, Mink is … Continue reading

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Six of one for Team USA

Asjha Jones was added as the 12th and final member of the U.S. women’s basketball team for the London Olympics on Monday. I’m going to take a wild guess and say this didn’t go over that well in certain pockets … Continue reading

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A memory of Summitt’s No. 8

Note: Today, April 18, coach Pat Summitt moved into a new role at Tennessee – as head coach emeritus. She finishes with 1,098 victories, 18 trips to the NCAA Final Four, and eight NCAA titles. Here is a story I … Continue reading

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A league that came into its own

As the Big 12 celebrates a second consecutive national championship in women’s basketball this week with Baylor following Texas A&M last year _ plus Oklahoma State overcoming a huge tragedy to win the WNIT _it’s a good time to reflect … Continue reading

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Taking over at Texas, Take 2

DENVER _ Coaches taking a new position often will use the phrase “dream job,” prompting eye rolls from a few of us more cynical media folks. Because of all the times we’ve seen coaches leave one “dream job” for another … Continue reading

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You can wake up, St. John’s. It wasn’t a dream

It’s not just that UConn seems to have many of its games won before tipoff. It’s that the Huskies seem to have the “W” just as soon as the schedule is printed. Opposing coaches watch film, do the scout, and … Continue reading

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