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Championship Productions would like to congratulate the teams who qualified for the 2011 Women’s NCAA Elite Eight! Championship Productions is proud to say it has partnered with four of the eight 2011 Elite Eight Coaches on various basketball DVD projects. Learn the systems, tips, techniques, and drills that these outstanding coaches implemented within their programs…taking them to the top!
In this week’s edition of All-Access, we take you to Storrs, Connecticut for an exclusive look inside a University of Connecticut women’s basketball practice. Watch as head coach Geno Auriemma walks through several team drills for you and details specific roles, player movements, overall strategies and general tips.
The goal of this drill is to work on going full speed and incorporating passing, catching and cutting, plus getting into the mode of boxing out and grabbing offensive rebounds. The drill doesn’t finish until the ball goes through the basket. Players should always aim for initial six-foot bank shots from the blocks.
Typically, the amount of players on a team is the number of shots you should strive to make. If you really want to challenge your squad, look to make as many baskets in a row as there are players on the team.
Drag is a full-court transition drill and features three players equally spread out on the baseline. After an outlet pass starts the fast break, the player in the middle quickly dribbles up the court to the top of the opposite key. Next, the left wing player cuts to the center and sets an on-ball screen. The option is there for a pick and roll or a pull-up jumper. After the basket is made, a rebounder takes the ball out of bounds and passes to the player cutting to the middle. Now, the unit pushes the ball up the court and looks to finish another set.
The goal of this drill is to get transition layups without the ball ever hitting the floor. It all begins with a short outlet pass and then finishes with a long outlet to the wing player for the layup. This drill is meant to go at a very fast pace and it’s important that the long outlet player beats his/her man down the floor. The key to all transition breaks is simple: beat your man down the court. There should be only two passes and a single layup per set.
Congratulations to Geno Auriemma & the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team on their 89th straight victory! The Huskies now own the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I basketball history as they surpassed UCLA’s previous record of 88 straight wins from 1971 – 1974. UConn hasn’t lost a game since the 2008 national semifinals and has played more than 600 games since losing back-to-back games. The Huskies are the only team in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to finish consecutive seasons as undefeated national champions.
The University of Connecticut, coached by Geno Auriemma, is ranked #1 in the 2010 Associated Press women’s basketball preseason poll. The Huskies enter the 2010-11 season with a 78-game winning streak after posting a perfect 39-0 record in 2009-10 en route to the program’s seventh NCAA National Championship! UConn has been ranked #1 for a total of 144 weeks in the program’s history, the most of any team nationally.
The AP Top 25 is filled with programs / coaches who have partnered with Championship Productions to produce instructional basketball DVDs. Check out the Top 25 coaches who have worked with us below:
1. Connecticut (Coached by Geno Auriemma)
3. Stanford (Coached by Tara Vanderveer)
4. Tennessee (Coached by Pat Summitt)
6. Duke (Coached by Joanne Palombo-McCallie)
7. Ohio State (Coached by Jim Foster)
8. Texas A & M
10. Oklahoma (Coached by Sherri Coale)
11. West Virginia
12. Notre Dame
14. St. John’s
15. North Carolina (Coached by Sylvia Hatchell)
17. Texas (Coached by Gail Goestenkors)
18. Florida State
19. Georgia (Coached by Andy Landers)
20. Iowa State (Coached by Bill Fennelly)
21. Maryland (Coached by Brenda Frese)
25. Michigan State
The University of Connecticut, led by Geno Auriemma, won their second consecutive NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship and Auriemma’s seventh overall. The Huskies (39-0) are the first team ever to have consecutive unbeaten seasons, but that doesn’t cover it. Connecticut has won 78 straight contests and have stamped themselves as one of the most dominant teams ever – in their sport or any other, men or women.
They’ve been unstoppable over the past two years, winning every game until Tuesday night by double figures, and passing their own NCAA women’s Division I record of 70 straight wins set from 2001-03 in early March. The championship victory put them within 10 of the vaunted 88-game winning streak set by the UCLA men in the early 1970s.