If you want to look at one of the most successful women’s NCAA basketball programs out there, you’ve got to look at Coach Geno Auriemma’s UConn. He’s won 11 NCAA championships, something no other coach has done. He’s also USA women’s basketball head coach since 2009.
From my research, in the mid 90’s he ran a three post offense (triangle offense) that was inspired by Coach Tex Winter.
“Our offense comes from the book that Tex Winter wrote in the 1960s and from watching a lot of films of the Bulls,” Auriemma said. “I taped every game they played in the 1994 finals against Phoneix and broke down every offensive possession.
As the game evolved, he’s now using a 1-4 High stack offense based on triangle principles.
Who should use this offense
The 1-4 offense creates alot of space below the free throw line extended. This allows for lots of backdoor cuts, especially against man to man denial defense. If executed well, you should get some wide open layups under the basket.
This is a defense I think that’s great if you:
- Smart players who can read the defense
- Players who can shoot
- Lack height and athleticism.
You need shooters. UConn had Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi and Breanna Stewart just to name a few. Apart from Brenna, most of these players are guards that can score and react to the defense.
As the name suggests, you start with 4 players high above the free throw line. Very similar to Princeton offense.
These 3 sets will hopefully give you an idea of the misdirection and concept behind this offense. Based on your personnel, you should change up these sets with simple key principles:
- Cut to the basket to create space.
- Screen the screener
- Use the cutter as a misdirection for a backdoor screen on the other side
- 1 passes to the post.
- Then 1 sets a screen for 2.
- 2 back door cuts and 4 looks to get an open look here.
- If 2 is not open, 4 and 1 dribble handoff.
- 1 can shoot or attacks the basket
- 1 passes to 4
- Then 1 cuts to the basket. 4 looks to pass to 1 here.
- If no option, then 1 sets a screen for 3.
- 3 cuts and 4 looks for 3.
- If 3 is not open, 5 screens 1.
- 4 passes to 1 or 5 for a shot.
- 1 passes to 4.
- Then 5 sets a screen for 1.
- 1 then sets a pick for 3.
- 3 cuts to the basket.
- If 3 is not open, 5 screens for 1.
- 5 rolls to the basket or 1 gets the ball for a shot.
High post pick and roll 45
This is a simple set to get your bigs involved.
- 4 set a screen for 5.
- 5 cuts to the basket
- If 5 is not open, goes to the corner.
- Then this creates for 4 to cut to the basket.
I love the things Coach Auriemma stands for. Here are a couple of my favorite clips of him.
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