Muffet McGraw Notre Dame Fighting Irish Triangle Offense by Wes Kosel
Here are 4 plays out of Coach Muffet McGraw’s triangle offense. McGraw is the head coach for women’s basketball at Notre Dame where she has held the position since 1987. She has been a head coach for over 30 years and has won over 750 games. Even more impressive, she has only had 1 losing season. In these plays, McGraw shows how she gets her team aligned into the triangle offense and provides several ways to score out of the set.
Muffet McGraw Notre Dame Fighting Irish Triangle Offense – Corner PNR
In this option, the play starts with 3 guards out and the 2 post players inside. 1 passes to 2 on the wing then cuts through to the corner. 3 moves from the left wing to the top of the key to replace 1. 2 passes to 1 in the corner, and now the triangle is set up with 2, 5, and 1. 5 sets a back-screen for 2 who cuts to the basket looking for the pass from 1. If 2 isn’t open, she clears out as 5 sets a ball-screen for 1 in the corner.
Muffet McGraw Notre Dame Fighting Irish Triangle Offense – Hand-Off
This option starts the same as the first, but 2 passes inside to 5 posting up instead of passing to 1 in the corner. Once 5 has the ball, both 2 and 1 cut around 5 to the basket. 5 looks to dump the ball off to either one or she can pass back out to 3 on the wing. Once 3 has the ball, 4 flashes to the high post and looks to get the pass from 3. 4 looks hi/lo to 5 or can dribble across to hand the ball off to 2 at the opposite elbow.
Muffet McGraw Notre Dame Fighting Irish Triangle Offense – Flex #1
This option starts in a box set with 4 screening down for 3 who cuts to the wing. 1 passes to 3. 3 then looks to pass to 5 curling to the basket. 3, 4, and 5 now make the triangle. If 5 isn’t open, 3 passes to 2 cutting up from the low post. 2 passes to 1 and 4 runs a flex cut off of 5.
Muffet McGraw Notre Dame Fighting Irish Triangle Offense – Flex #2
The last option starts where Flex #1 ends. 2 starts with the ball on the right wing as 4 makes a flex cut and 3 cuts across to the corner. 2, 3, and 4 now make the triangle. If 2 passes to 5 at the top, 5 passes to 1 then moves down to set a double screen with 2 for 3 to cut to the top of the key for a shot.