Michelle McDonald (MichelleSmith)


About MichelleSmith:

I've been a sportswriter in the Bay Area for 20 years, covering everything from rugby to rowing. I have covered women's basketball for the past 14 years in newspapers, magazines and in children's books.. I recently left the San Francisco Chronicle after 10 years and am starting a new adventure and look forward to all the unexpected treasures of the future.

MichelleSmith's Favorite Sports:

W College Hoops, WNBA, Soccer, Softball

MichelleSmith's blog is a member of the Women Talk Sports Network:

Left Coast Hoops

Women's basketball with a West Coast slant, founded by former SF Chronicle staff Michelle Smith. Will cover the game, its players and coaches.

Best of the West: Power Rankings for the Week of Feb. 27
Only one more week after this…more movement, except at the top. Stanford (26-1, 17-0). The Cardinal will close their home schedule with a non-conference game against Seattle University before Sunday night’s Pac-12 finale against Cal at Haas...[Read on]
Best of the West: West Coast College Hoops Power Rankings
With two weeks to go until conference tournaments, the picture crystallizes… Stanford (24-1, 15-0).  The Cardinal have clinched their 12th straight conference title and it’s the final Pac-12 home weekend with Utah and Colorado making t...[Read on]
Best of the West: Left Coast College Hoops Power Rankings
  Stanford (22-1, 13-0). The Cardinal battled for their weekend sweep against USC and UCLA and head up to Oregon for a surprisingly big game on Thursday night against Oregon State. Cal (18-7, 9-4). The Bears lost a painful game in overtime at home ...[Read on]
Best of the West: West Coast College Hoops Power Rankings
Image: AP OK, I decided to add BYU into the mix. They are playing in the West Coast Conference, after all… 1. Stanford (20-1, 11-0). The Cardinal got pushed again by ASU and then thumped the Wildcats in Tucson. Another telling weekend coming up a...[Read on]
Best of the West: Stanford Once Again Atop West Coast Power Rankings
1. Stanford (18-1, 9-0). A to-the-limit overtime win over Cal sling-shots the Cardinal into the second half of the Pac-12 schedule. Chiney Ogwumike could end up as the conference player of the week for the third week in a row, a reward for her surging p...[Read on]
Best of the West: Stanford Holding Strong in West Coast Power Rankings
          Image: Jim Urquhart/AP Stanford (15-1, 6-0). The new entrants in the Pac-12 didn’t prove to be much of a challenge for the Cardinal, who blew through Utah and Colorado. Joslyn Tinkle is co...[Read on]
Best in the West: Stanford Holding Strong in West Coast Power Rankings
Image: Jason Watson/US Presswire 1. Stanford (13-1, 4-0). Saturday’s Oregon State win was not a good look for the Cardinal, who are struggling to get more production from their guards while the Ogwumike sisters carry the scoring load. Next up are...[Read on]
California Love: West Coast College Hoops Power Rankings
Image: Richard Hartog/AP   Happy New Year! Some 2012 shuffling has broken out now that the conference season has begun! 1. Stanford (11-1, 2-0). It was not the prettiest weekend ever, the Cardinal gutting out an off-night to win at USC and then ha...[Read on]
Pac-12 Preview: Injuries mount as conference season begins
As the injuries mount, the conference season has arrived. The list is long and painful and it started before the season began. A short list of the key Pac-12 talents who have missed significant time or will not be on the floor with their teams to start c...[Read on]
Best of the West: Power Rankings for the Week of Dec. 19
Stanford (7-1).  Tuesday night’s game against Tennessee is a big litmus test for the Cardinal, who need to prove that they can generate offense outside of the Ogwumike sisters, who are carrying the scoring load thus far. The freshmen guards &n...[Read on]