Van Chancellor was the head coach of the University of Mississippi women’s team for 19 years before accepting the head-coaching job of Houston Comets of the WNBA, the women’s professional league of the NBA. He won four straight WNBA titles and was voted Coach of the Year three times. Coaching the USA Women’s Senior National team, he won the 2002 FIBA World Championship. He will coach the U.S. Women’s National Team that will play in the 2004 Olympic Games.
Our plays are based on a series of quick-hitting moves, each with different options.
1 dribbles to the middle of the court and passes the ball to 3. As 3 gets the ball, 4 makes a pick for her. At the same time, 1 and 5 make a staggered screen for 2, who can receive a pass from 3 (diagr. 1).
If 2 cannot shoot, 5 screens on the ball for 2. 5 can roll to the basket or flare, if she has a good outside jumpshot (diagr. 2). 1 dribbles toward the sideline, and receives a screen from 5, while 2 and 4 make a double screen for 3. 1 passes to 3 for a possible shot (diagr. 3).
If 3 is guarded and cannot shoot, she quickly passes the ball to 2 in the corner, who can pass to 4 in the low-post position (diagr. 4).
1 dribbles down the left side, as 2 cuts in the lane on the ball side, and then goes to the opposite side of the lane to screen for
3. 1 can pass the ball to 3 in the low-post position (diagr. 5).
If 3 is not open, 5 pops out, receives the ball from 1, and passes to 2, who is coming off a down screen set by 4 (diagr. 6).
“Screen the screener” action: 2 sets a cross screen for 3, and then receives a down screen from 5. 1 can pass to 3 in the low-post position, or to 2 in the free-throw area (diagr. 7).
A variation of “screen the screener” action: 1 dribbles down the left side and looks to pass to 3, who received a screen from 2. 3 posts up in the low post. If 3 is not open, 1 dribbles towards the top of the three-second lane and passes to 2, who is coming off the double screen of 4 and 5 (diagr. 8).
The “Zipper” play: While 1 dribbles down the left side, 3 cuts off a down screen made by 5, and can receive the ball from 1. 3 can pass to 2, who is coming off the down screen set by 4 (diagr. 9).
2 must read and react to the moves of the defenders:
- If the defender X2 is screened properly and stays on the screen, 2 pops out for a possible jump shot (diagr. 10).
- If X2 tries the short route and slides over the screen, 2 cuts to the corner for a possible jump shot (diagr. 11).
- If X2 plays tight and comes off with 2 from the baseline, 2 will “curl” to the middle. This means that she will go around the pick and cut in the lane for a lay-up (diagr. 12).
- If X4, the defender guarding the post, tries to step out and help on 2, 4 quickly cuts to the basket, looking for a pass from 1 (diagr. 13).
1 dribbles down the left side, goes to the middle of the court, and tries to pass to 2, who is coming off the screen set by 5. At the same time, 3 cuts in the lane and clears out to the opposite side of the court. 3, while cutting in the lane, uses the pick of 4 to get open. 2 receives the ball from 1 and quickly looks for a shot (diagr. 14).
If 2 cannot shoot, she can pass to 3, and 3 can then pass to 5, who is posted up in the low-post position (diagr. 15).
1 dribbles to the middle of the court and looks to pass to 2, who is coming off the screen set by 4. 3 cuts in the lane and clears to the opposite side of the court, while 5 holds. 2 receives the ball from 1 and looks for the possible shot (diagr. 16).
If 2 cannot shoot, she has an excellent clear-out situation for a one-on-one and a drive to the basket (diagr. 17).
1 dribbles down and then to the opposite side and passes the ball to 2, who has received a triple staggered screen, set by 4, who steps out of the lane, by 5 in the lane, and by 3 near the lane (diagr. 18).
1 dribbles towards the high-post player, who steps out of the free-throw area and sets a pick for 1. As 5 rolls to the basket, 4 pops out to the free-throw area to receive the ball for a possible shot (diagr. 19).
If 4 cannot shoot, she passes to 3, who can pass to 5, who has posted up in the low-post area (diagr. 20).