FIRST OLYMPIC 3x3 TOURNAMENT FOR WOMEN -- 2021
July 24-28, 2021 • Tokyo, Japan
The U.S. team of Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young, led by coach Kara Lawson, made history and won the first Olympic 3x3 gold medal with an 8-1 record in Tokyo.
2021 USA RESULTS (8-1)
2021 OLYMPIC 3x3 TOURNAMENT FINAL STANDINGS
In its first game against France on July 24, with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and French president Emmanuel Macron in attendance, the went on a 4-1 run before France scored three points to pull to within one point, 9-8. From there, a 5-0 spurt gave the USA a 14-8 lead, and the USA finished off the game for the 17-10 win. Dolson had seven points, and Plum added six points.
In its second game on July 24 the USA led against Mongolia 11-1 cruised in for the 21-9 win that ended with a score from Dolson with 3:00 minutes on the clock. Gray had nine points, Plum had six points, and Dolson added five points and seven rebounds.
On July 25 against Romania, with the USA holding a 7-6 edge, Plum sunk a 2-pointer with 6:47 on the clock to spark a 6-1 run that ended with a field goal by Dolson that put the USA up 13-7. The U.S. continued to pull away from there, and with 2:38 to play, Plum sealed the game with a 2-pointer to give the U.S. a 22-11 victory. Plum scored 12 points, and Dolson had six points.
Against Russian Olympic Committee on July 25, the USA trailed 5-2 before Plum and Gray combined for four straight points to give the USA a 7-5 lead. ROC answered back, and the USA fell behind 10-7. Gray tied the game 10-10 at 3:44, but the USA was down 14-11 at 2:55. Dolson was fouled at 2:47, and with ROC over the limit, Dolson made both free throws to pull the USA within one point, 14-13. After an ROC turnover, Gray netted a 2-pointer, followed by a Plum drive, and the USA led 16-14. ROC scored at 1:38 to make it 16-15, but the USA added a point from each athlete and gave up just one more to ROC to bring the game to its 20-16 final as time expired. Gray led the USA with eight points.
The USA kicked off day three on July 26 versus Italy. With the USA holding a 7-6 lead midway through, Dolson scored six straight points to put the Americans in front 13-10. Italy made its second straight 2-pointer to close within one point, 13-12. Plum made it 15-13 with under a minute to play, and neither team was able to connect from the field from there. At 18.7 seconds and with Italy over the foul limit, Gray made two free throws for the 17-13 win.
The USA’s closest contest was its game against China on July 26, which was tied nine times, including at 17-17 when Dolson scored at 1:33 to push the U.S. ahead 18-17. China evened the score 18-18, but Gray countered at 48 seconds to lift the U.S. ahead 19-18. China tied the score at 19-all at 41, and Plum ended the affair with a game-winning 2-pointer with 34 seconds left on the clock. Plum scored 10 points, and Gray added five points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. The USA outrebounded China 18-9.
On July 27, with its No. 1 seed into the semifinals already secured, the USA lost against Japan 20-18. The USA committed its seventh foul at 2:37 and Japan made both free throws to cut the USA lead to 14-13. After a score from each side, Japan made a 2 to go ahead 16-15 at 2:01. Dolson scored twice to put the USA ahead 17-16, but Japan scored a layup and another 2 to lead 19-17 at 1:03. Gray scored the USA’s final basket at 40 seconds to pull within one 19-18, but Japan led 20-18 with 31 seconds to go. In the final 30 seconds, the USA missed two attempts and had a turnover, and Japan earned the win. Dolson scored seven, and Gray had five.
On July 28, the USA held off France for an 18-16 semifinal win. The U.S. was up by four points three times, including 12-8 at 4:12. France tied it at 16-all at 1:07, but with 34 ticks left, France committed its seventh foul, and Gray made a free throw to push the USA ahead 17-16. Plum scored the USA's final point from the line with five seconds left, and France's final shot was off the mark. Gray and Plum had six points apiece.
The USA earned the first gold medal in Olympic 3x3 history by defeating Russian Olympic Committee 18-15 on July 28. The USA led 6-1 early, and with the USA ahead 9-5, the USA scored a pair of free throws and a 1-pointer to go up 12-5 at 3:53. ROC cut the lead to 12-9 but was whistled for its ninth foul at 3:07, and Young sunk both free throws to put the USA up 14-9 lead. ROC came within three points four more times, including the final 18-15 score, but the USA proved too strong for the ROC to overcome. Plum had five points, and Gray notched four points.
China (7-3) beat France (5-5) for the bronze medal.
2021 U.S. OLYMPIC 3x3 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM ROSTER
||Port Jervis, NY
||Dallas Wings/South Carolina
||Las Vegas Aces/Washington
||Las Vegas Aces/Notre Dame
|Coach: Kara Lawson, Duke University
||Athletic Trainer: Marge Hunt, University of Colorado Colorado Springs|
2021 U.S. OLYMPIC 3x3 WOMEN'S CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
||9 / 7:14
|Dolson||9 / 6:44||42-61||.689||0-1||.000||9-13
||9 / 7:21
||35||43/ 4.8||48/ 5.3
||9 / 6:35